There are many paths toward a career in construction. No two paths look alike. Some begin at a community college, while others earn degrees through a four-year university. Some stick with industry training programs and registered apprenticeships, but many start their career in construction with career and technical education (CTE). We at I Build America – Ohio believe that this educational path in particular will continue to play an important role in building the future of construction because:
- Today’s construction firms expect industry-recognized certifications that can be obtained through CTE.
- The cost of education continues to rise, but career and technical education centers offer a cost-effective alternative to help individuals start their careers without excessive debt. These savings, combined with the fact that skilled craft professionals continue to earn top dollar with salaries starting above the national median wage, make a career in construction a desirable choice for all.
- You can begin your training at a career and technical education at any time. The thorough training prepares people of all ages for a career in construction, from high school students to adult learners.
We want to spread the word about this valuable training throughout the month of February. Will you join us in celebrating all month long? Here are a few ways you can get involved:
- Students, submit your original video in the 2020-2021 CTE Month-NASA HUNCH Student Video Challenge: Advancing Space Exploration through Manufacturing.
- This video competition will showcase how project-based learning programs in CTE develop the skills that are in high demand in today’s workforce. If you’re a student, be sure to submit your video by Thursday, April 1st at 11:59 p.m. EST. Click here to learn more.
- Educators, invite members of your local community for a school visit.
- By welcoming community members into your building, they’ll see the impressive CTE programs firsthand. Consider inviting individuals such as key policy makers who can support your mission at a high level of influence, top business leaders who might be interested in hiring your students, and popular members of the media who will help you get the word out about your programs. Click here to learn more. Don’t forget to get some CTE Month merchandise to distribute at your events. Click here to browse their selection.
- Business leaders, set up a time to meet with your local CTE programs.
- If the career and technical education centers don’t have any formal events scheduled, make a point to schedule your own private appointment. On your visit, you’ll see how students follow a work-based learning method that gives them the skills you need for your business. Click here to learn more.
- Reader, share the mission on your personal or professional social media pages.
- You have more influence than you may realize. Be authentic and share your personal experiences with CTE. By doing this, you’ll connect your entire network to the possibilities CTE programs can offer. And, you can even target your content to persuade your elected officials and make a big impact. Click here to learn more. When posting on social media, use the CTE Month logo. Click here to download the image.
For more information about career and technical education centers in your region, explore our interactive map here.