Mississippi Ed Talk

100 Years of CTE

Episode 8: 100 Years of CTE

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September 1, 2017

2017 marks the 100th year of career technical education (CTE), and we dedicate this entire episode to exploring the changes that have happened to CTE over the past century. What began in 1917 with the passage of the Smith-Hughes Act and was initially focused on workforce training as an alternative to a high school diploma is now a dynamic, integrated component in the high school experience.

In this episode, we look back at the foundations of CTE and how it has maintained its roots in agriculture while broadening to fields such as engineering, health sciences, marketing, and more. We also take a look at the next phase of CTE testing in Mississippi. Finally, we mention updates to our free CTE promotional toolkit and ways to get your students featured in the Connections magazine.

You can learn even more about the history of CTE on the ACTE website.


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