Career and Technical Education’s Role in the Economic RecoveryShare:
Post-COVID, Career and Technical Education (CTE) is attracting more students and playing a significant role in economic recovery and workforce development. According to CTE instructors, the pandemic has helped change the image of CTE and it is now appealing to more students and young adults. One instructor, Taylor Baldwin, stated “[CTE] includes not only providing the education, training, and reskilling opportunities that youth and adults will need for high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand occupations and industries, but also helping learners develop the technical, employability, and academic skills that are important for increasingly technology-focused workplaces”. The purpose of the CTE instructor role is to not only act as a teacher but to act as a navigator helping students learn about opportunities that lead to fulfilling careers and lives.