CTE programs prepare students for successful employment

Saddleback will hold two events to promote Career Technical Education Month

Many of the fastest growing careers do not require a four-year degree, but rather demand specific training and expertise that can be earned with a certificate.

Career Technical Education programs offered at Saddleback College prepare students by providing them with entry level or advanced knowledge and skills critical for successful employment. CTE certificates offer an alternative route to acquiring skills to furthering an educational experience.

Students and faculty at Saddleback are celebrating February as National Career and Technical Education Month. This year’s theme is “Career Tech: Invest in Your Future,” which will highlight the critical need for career and technical education (CTE) programs to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive in today’s global economy.

As part of the college’s CTE Month celebration, several activities are scheduled on campus next week.

CTE panel discussions on Tuesday will feature information on earning a certificate as well as job opportunities. Both will be in the Student Services Center, Room 212 from noon to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saddleback’s CTE Day offers a job fair and information booths in the Quad on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon.

CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one-third of the fastest growing occupations will require an associate’s degree or a postsecondary vocational certificate. Research also indicates that 80 percent of current and emerging occupations require two-year technical degrees, while just 20 percent require baccalaureate degrees.

Visit CTE on Saddleback’s website at http://www.saddleback.edu/cte/ for a links to specific programs or call 949-582-4572 for further information.

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