Palm Beach State College celebrates Career and Technical Education Month
Students and faculty at Palm Beach State College will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate Career and Technical Education Month. CTE Month is recognized to celebrate and highlight the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across Florida.
“We are thrilled to join forces with the Florida Department of Education to shine a spotlight on CTE Month and celebrate the opportunity and triumphs embedded in our CTE courses,” PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D. “We know these programs have a profound impact on our students and their future. We are excited to continue collaborating with local and state leaders, businesses and industry innovators. Together, we’re sculpting a pathway for our students, equipping them with the latest technology and skills.”
By 2030, Florida will be home to 26 million residents with one of the largest populations in the United States. Now the third-most populous state in the nation and home to the 16th largest economy in the world, Florida needs to create over 1 million new jobs by 2030. That number includes the types of occupations that are currently in demand and will be even more so in the future, including many jobs that are experiencing significant shortages of skilled workers.
In 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis set a goal of making Florida the number one state in the nation for workforce education by 2030. Governor DeSantis has committed more than $6.8 billion to workforce education and training, making Florida number one in the nation for attracting and developing a skilled workforce.
As teachers prepare CTE students for their future careers as skilled professionals, students engage in hands-on learning with real-life applications. This approach to teaching is linked to greater understanding, comprehension and retention. CTE offers a way for students to gain skills and earn certifications in some of Florida’s most critical and desirable industries. Unlike traditional higher education, CTE programs set individuals on a successful path in less time with less cost. That means they can get into a career today without the worry of debt tomorrow.
In Florida, there are nearly 800,000 K-12 CTE students—the highest in the state’s history—more than 412,000 postsecondary CTE students, and 20,000 registered apprentices and preapprentices engaged in workforce education.