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Empowering Students: The Impact of CTE Programs and CTSOs in Schools

CTE programs and CTSOs are revolutionizing education by equipping students with essential skills and experiences. Harford County Public Schools and Mount Vernon City School District showcase the benefits of investing in these programs, including EMT training and leadership development.

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Shivani Chauhan
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Empowering Students: The Impact of CTE Programs and CTSOs in Schools

Empowering Students: The Impact of CTE Programs and CTSOs in Schools

February 13, 2024 – The significance of Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs in schools is being amplified as Harford County Public Schools gear up to host an informational event for students and families. The Mount Vernon City School District CTE Department is also making strides in offering Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training to 12th-grade students.

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CTE Programs: A Stepping Stone to Success

CTE programs are transforming the educational landscape by providing students with skills, knowledge, and practical experiences that prepare them for the workforce. These courses empower students to explore various career clusters as designated by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Career Cluster Areas:

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  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, Sales, and Service
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

EMT Training: Mount Vernon City School District Leads the Way

This school year, the Mount Vernon City School District CTE Department is launching an EMT training program for 12th-grade students at Mount Vernon High School and Rebecca Turner Academy. The course includes 180 hours of training, eligibility for the New York State certification exam, and an $11,000 grant to reduce costs.

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The program aims to provide students with immediate employability in the medical field and a foundation for post-secondary education. By offering such opportunities, Mount Vernon City School District is setting a precedent for other districts to follow.

CTSOs and CTE: A Powerful Duo

This week, Student National Officers from Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) are meeting with leaders in Washington, DC to emphasize the importance of CTE and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) in schools.

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The 25 high school and college student leaders represent more than 400,000 combined members from both organizations. They are meeting with members of Congress and senior leaders at the U.S. Department of Education to share how CTE programs and CTSOs have helped them develop personally and professionally, prepare for the workforce, improve academically, and engage with their communities.

As these passionate students advocate for CTE and CTSOs, the relevance of such programs in fostering a well-rounded education becomes increasingly evident.

By offering CTE programs and CTSOs, schools can provide students with the tools and resources necessary to thrive in today's competitive world. As Harford County Public Schools and Mount Vernon City School District demonstrate, investing in CTE programs and CTSOs is an investment in the future of our students and the communities they will serve.

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