Washtenaw Community College has joined the national movement to celebrate Career and Technical Education.

For the second year, the college is hosting a number of events throughout the month of February to highlight the value and accomplishments of CTE programs on WCC’s campus and across the country.

The awareness campaign, initiated by the Association for Career and Technical Education, engages K-12 and two- and four-year college educational systems to introduce students to CTE programs that prepare them for jobs in career fields such as health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and more. CTE encompasses many types of education, from classroom learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom.

WCC Dean of Advanced Technologies and Public Service Careers Brandon Tucker said the college is “proud and excited” to support CTE Month.

“We seek to engage students, faculty and staff to inform and educate about just what CTE represents and the variety of offerings available here at WCC,” Tucker said.

“Another focus during the month is to inform our current students of the value in learning cutting-edge skills that will position them for limitless career opportunities once they have earned their certificate or associate degree in a CTE program,” said Anthony Webster, the college’s CTE Student Success Specialist. “This year we will be working with our Career Transitions Office to ensure students are connected with employers eager to provide them opportunities.”

WCC Retention and Completion Specialist Apryl Scheffler said CTE programs are becoming a popular choice for students because they lead to high-demand careers.

“The end goal of an education is typically employment and students are realizing that CTE programs can make this happen for them,” she said.

For more details about CTE Month, a calendar of campus events and a list of CTE programs at WCC, visit wccnet.edu/cte.