In recognition of CTE Month, PBS NewsHours is airing “Making the Grade,” a story examining the growing value that CTE courses are providing to learners across the U.S.
The story begins at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, near Boston, MA, where students can enroll in immersive CTE programs that include culinary arts, skilled trades and automotive technology. In addition to requiring high-level academics for all students, the programs strive to incorporate what they refer to as “live work.” Principal David Wheeler captures the meaning best by noting, “Cosmetology takes clients. Construction, we have done complete renovations of buildings. We have done Web sites for people. We do printing. There is no better way to engage a student than [when] they’re doing real, meaningful work.”