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Career & Technical Education provides solutions to national employment issues


Technical careers are in high demand. This student is learning laser welding.
Technical careers are in high demand. This student is learning laser welding.

Mott Community College will join the national celebration of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month by hosting multiple activities and events, culminating with “Women in Technology Day” Feb. 22.

The initiative is designed to bring awareness and information to students, families and the community about Career Technical Education. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.

Career and technical education is a term applied to schools, institutions, and educational programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation.

“CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more,” said Dr. Madonna Jackson, Disadvantaged/LEP Coordinator in the Learning Center at MCC. “CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs.

Students and faculty at Mott Community College will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®. This year’s tagline is Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow! CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college- and career- ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. Among the special activities scheduled are:
• February 4-7--Awareness Hubs to let students know what occupational and career fields are available and what types of jobs a Mott degree can lead to.
• Pop-up event at the MCC branch centers in Clio, Lapeer, Fenton and Howell.
• Evening discussion with community partners to brainstorm ideas that may attract students of all ages to careers in CTE.
• February 22, 2018—Women in Technology Day followed by a free showing of the movie Hidden Figures, in MCC’s Regional Technology Center on the main campus in Flint at 6 p.m. The movie is free and open to the public.

“The activities planned over the month of February will illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students,” said Jackson who works directly with CTE students to help them complete their degree and enter the workforce. “By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.”

Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Title IX Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2030G), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1024), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-1130), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0191.

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February 4, 2019
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