February is Career Technical Education (CTE) Month. This is a month to put a spotlight on our students, programs, school, and Career Technical Education in general. CTE continues to gain momentum in the state and national forum as a premier path to career and college readiness. Legislators understand that the number one resource in attracting new businesses to an area is a skilled workforce and CTE is an excellent way to develop that workforce.
Students who participate in Career Tech gain hands-on experience, earn college credit while in high school, can earn a professional certification, connect education to their passion, be active in their home and CTE school activities, get on-the-job experience, and more. On March 2, 2019 SWCA students will be competing in the regional SkillsUSA competition. SWCA and students from around the region will take part in competitions in many of our programs. SWCA students will take part in skills competitions from interviewing and professional skills to competitions in Cosmetology, Culinary and Welding. SWCA students also take part in BPA with their main competition occurring in January. Within each organization students compete to showcase the competencies learned in their CTE programs. We look forward to seeing our students shine! Good luck to all the competitors, we know how hard you worked.
Look to the SWCA Twitter page @SWCA_Careers or S-W Career Academy to keep up on the world of Career Tech. Students can use Naviance as a resource for resumes, college applications, scholarship searches, interest profilers and more. Also, a great resource for both students and community members is www.ohiomeansjobs.com. There you can find resources from resume builders and interest assessments to careers in most of Ohio’s career fields. We look forward to working with our community to meet SWCA students’ career and college needs.
James P. Marion
Our mission at SWCA is to develop professional, technical and leadership skills in all students; preparing them for college and careers through real-world learning, post-secondary credits, and industry credentials.