Career and Technical Education Month


WHEREAS, the month of February has been designated National Career and Technical Education month; and 

WHEREAS, profound economic and technological changes in our society are rapidly reflected in the structure and nature of work, thereby placing new and additional responsibilities on our educational system; and 

WHEREAS, Career and Technical Education provides students with a career pathway for postsecondary education and workplace readiness and is the foundation of a strong, well-educated work force which fosters productivity in business and industry and contributes to Virginia’s leadership in the international marketplace; and 

WHEREAS, Career and Technical Education gives students experience in practical, meaningful applications of basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, thus improving the quality of their education, motivating high achievement for all students, and giving all students leadership opportunities in their chosen careers in their communities; and 

WHEREAS, Career and Technical Education offers individuals lifelong opportunities to learn new skills, that provide them with career choices, expanded earning potential, and job satisfaction; and 

WHEREAS, the ever-increasing cooperative efforts between career and technical educators, career and technical education administrators, and business and industry representatives stimulate the growth and vitality of our state economy and by preparing students for careers in high-demand, high-wage, and highly technological skilled areas in a global economy; and 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, do hereby recognize the month of February as CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.