Milton Hershey School Partners with Opportunity America to Host Career and Technical Education Conference on April 8

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Conference will unite national experts to address CTE advancements and challenges

MHS students learn how to check a heart rate in the Health and Science career pathway within the school's CTE program.

“The partnerships and enhancements to the Career and Technical Education model that develop as a result of this conference have the potential to positively impact and shape the CTE movement for years to come,” MHS President Pete Gurt ’85 said.

Milton Hershey School® in partnership with Opportunity America, a nationally recognized Washington D.C. think tank and policy shop which promotes economic mobility, will host a conference on Career and Technical Education: Taking it to the Next Level, on Friday, April 8, at Milton Hershey School.

The conference will bring together experts, educators, government officials and policymakers, from across the country for discussion on cutting-edge advancements and challenges facing Career and Technical Education.

“The partnerships and enhancements to the Career and Technical Education model that develop as a result of this conference have the potential to positively impact and shape the CTE movement for years to come,” MHS President Pete Gurt ’85 said. “We are very proud to partner with Opportunity America to provide this opportunity for educators to collaborate. The outcomes will not only benefit our students, but young people across the nation.”

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Catherine Hall on Milton Hershey School’s campus. The session will feature engaging panel discussion with national CTE leaders. Panelists include television personality John Stossel, CTE experts Nancy Hoffman from Jobs for the Future and James R. Stone III from the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, educators, and government officials including U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent and U.S. Rep. G.T. Thompson.

Several leading CTE scholars and researchers will be on hand to facilitate the conversation, including: Gary Hoachlander of ConnectEd, Anne Stanton from the National Academy Foundation and Hans Meeder from the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T), among others.

Milton Hershey School is committed to the advancement of Career and Technical Education and has its own award-winning program. The CTE program pushes students to explore career options and accelerates their growth by giving them tailor-made instruction with the ability to work in their chosen career path. Students are able to choose from 11 different career pathways to better prepare them for future success.

For more information about the Career and Technical Education Conference: Taking it to the Next Level and Milton Hershey School can be found at mhskids.org.

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