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Counselor’s Corner

College is a destination; not a career

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Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013 12:00 am

“My child is going to college, so s/he doesn't need to take “Career and Technical Education courses in high school.” Oh really? The question is: Can s/he afford NOT to take them?

  • CTE is for ALL students!
  • Between now and 2050, 9 out of 10 jobs will require technical skills as well as education beyond high school.
  • Basic employable skills are necessary for all students. From the four-year university student to the student who chooses to work right out of high school. Unless your child plans to become a college professor, “college” is not a career. At some point s/he will enter the workforce and will need transferable skills.
  • Survey after survey of national and local business professionals reveal that there is a huge gap between the skills that employers value and the skills most high school or college graduates actually have.
  • CTE produces positive results that will help your child in college AND career. It promotes academic achievement, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, teamwork, persistence, communication, career planning and management, responsibility, resilience, ethics and legal responsibility, technical skill attainment, self-knowledge, work place and career management skills, life-long learning and planning for long-term career success.
  • Regardless of your child's college/career path, CTE courses provide résumé-worthy, transferable skills that will separate him or her from the crowd when it counts!

For more information about how career and technical education courses will benefit your child, please see your school counselor or call Trang Do, counselor for Lodi Unified School District's career and technical education programs at 209-331-7617.

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Stephanie Hiatt

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