Illinois Career Tech Ed Professionals Open School Doors to Show That CTE Works

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The Association for Career and Technical Education and the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education will partner in a state-wide outreach campaign, April 15-19, 2013.

To join a school tour in any of the listed cities in Illinois or schedule a meeting with ACTE/IACTE leadership during the week, please contact Ashley Parker at aparker(at)acteonline(dot)org or call 941-773-1598

What:    The Association for Career and Technical Education(ACTE), the largest national association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers and the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education (IACTE) will be partnering in a state-wide outreach campaign, April 15-19, 2013 to share information with local officials, media groups and local communities on the importance of a robust career and technical education (CTE) system in the state of Illinois. Nearly 50% of Illinois public secondary school students are currently enrolled in CTE programs across the state. Like the rest of the country, Illinois faces a critical skills gap that will result in jobs in key industries to the state economy such as manufacturing, energy and IT going unfilled. Career and technical education is the solution to the skills gap by ensuring students are being prepared with the 21st century skills needed to compete in the state’s economy and fill the positions for which businesses are seeking to hire.

Ashley Parker, ACTE Media Relations Manager, will accompany IACTE Executive Director Cindy Stover on a five-day outreach tour across the state of Illinois to meet with stakeholders and discuss the opportunities within Illinois’ CTE classrooms, as well as provide media with an opportunity to tour CTE schools and facilities, connect with local CTE professionals and learn more about the national and state issues surrounding workforce development and career and technical education.

Who:     ACTE is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. For 85 years, we have been committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of our members, to increasing public awareness and appreciation of career and technical programs, and to assuring growth in local, state and federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with legislators and government leaders.

When:    April 15-19, 2013

Where:    April 15, 2013, Chicago area at 8:30 am.: Ridgewood Community High School, 7500 W Montrose Ave, Norridge IL, 60706
April 15, 2013, Chicago area at 10:30 a.m.: Leyden High School, 1000 N Wolf Rd, Northlake, IL, 60764
April 15, 2013, Chicago area at 1:00 p.m.: Wheeling High School, 900 Elmhurst Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
April 16, 2013, Grayslake, IL at 8:30 a.m.: Lake County High Schools Technology Campus, 19525 West Washington Street, Grayslake, Illinois 60030
April 16, 2013, Addison, IL at 10:30 a.m.: Technical Center of DuPage, 301 S .Swift Road, Addison, IL, 60101
April 17, 2013, Burbank, IL at 8:30 a.m.: Reavis High School 6034 W 77th St, Burbank, IL 60459
April 17, 2013, Wilmington/Romeoville area at 12:30 p.m.: WILCO Area Career Center, 500 Wilco Blvd Romeoville, IL 60446
April 18, 2013, Bloomington, IL at 8:30 a.m.: Bloomington Area Career Center, 1202 E Locust St, Bloomington, IL 61701
April 18, 2013, Champaign, IL at Mahomet/Monticello High Schools
April 19, 2013, Effingham, IL
April 19, 2013, Jerseyville, IL at 1:00 PM: Jerseyville Community High School, 100 Lincoln Ave, Jerseyville, IL 62052

NOTE:    To join a school tour or schedule a meeting with ACTE/IACTE leadership during the week, please contact Ashley Parker at aparker(at)acteonline(dot)org or call 941-773-1598.

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