February 2017: Career and Technical Education Month

WHEREAS, career and technical education in Michigan prepares students to have the academic, technical and work-behavior skills to enter, compete and advance in education and in their careers; and,

WHEREAS, career and technical education provides a diverse delivery system that gives students leadership opportunities in various career fields and allows them to experience rigorous and relevant application of workplace skills. It also incorporates reading, writing and mathematical skills throughout their program; and,

WHEREAS, career and technical education serves as a career and college ready connection and is the backbone of a strong and well-educated workforce; and,

WHEREAS, career and technical education provides students with work-based learning experiences to provide Michigan with a highly skilled and sustainable workforce; and,

WHEREAS, this month we join with the Michigan Department of Education and the Association for Career and Technical Education to encourage both youth and adults in Michigan to be ambassadors for career and technical education as well as to send the message that the significance of career and technical education is ensuring Michigan students are prepared for 21st century high demand, high skilled and high wage jobs;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 2017 as Career and Technical Education Month in Michigan.