Dave Cox

David J. Cox CTE Director

From the Desk of David Cox, CTE Director:

In the early 1900s, vocational education emerged in response to the burgeoning industrial area. Vocational education was designed to train individuals with job-specific skills to help drive the nation’s economic engine. Today, vocational education is called Career and Technical Education (CTE). To be very clear, CTE is not a new label for the same system. While CTE is built upon the rich history and tradition of vocational education, it has adapted to meet the dynamic demands of the global economy.

CTE programs range from a wide variety of careers such as healthcare/bio-medical, renewable energy, hospitality, entrepreneurship, engineering, law enforcement and information technology. As a result, CTE programs today incorporate rigorous academic as well as technical standards including critical workplace skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork to ensure career and college success for students.

Below are some CTE facts:

  • CTE is critical to ensuring that the United States leads in global competitiveness.
  • CTE prepares students to succeed in further education and careers.
  • CTE embraces the critical importance of accountability and data driven decisions.
  • CTE is a results driven system that demonstrates a positive return on investment.
  • CTE actively partners with employers to design and provide high-quality dynamic programs.
  • CTE actively partners with post secondary institutions to provide college readiness and college credit opportunities for high school students.

I invite you to stop by the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center anytime to see firsthand the power of CTE!

Yours in Education,

David J. Cox, CTE Director