Silver Spring, MD (July 10, 2012) – Career Technical Education (CTE) can be a source of competitive advantage for the nation if given the right support from government and opportunity for partnerships with business and industry, says John McGlade, Chairman, President and CEO of the global gases and chemicals company, Air Products.
In a new Friends of CTE blog, McGlade calls on the nation to realize the potential CTE has to help close the daunting skills gap in which work opportunities go unfilled because people are not trained with the knowledge and skills to qualify for the available jobs. The disparity, he says, contributes to the national unemployment rate of over 8 percent.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of CTE to the U.S. economy,” said McGlade, a former CTE student.
“Industries are eager to collaborate with schools and colleges that help foster the workforce of our next generation. We realize that we must develop strategic partnerships between industry and education to bring the best thinking and most current learning experiences to schools and colleges. In doing so, we can create future career opportunities for millions of Americans.”
McGlade adds that government should provide more support for CTE, noting that it should direct additional funding so that schools, community colleges and technical schools can strengthen and expand quality CTE programs.
The Friends of CTE Blog is a monthly guest blog piece hosted by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). The blog provides advocates – from business and industry, the research community and organizations – an opportunity to articulate their support for CTE. Guest bloggers provide their perspective on and experience with CTE as it relates to policy, the economy and education.
The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education (NASDCTEc) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary, and adult career technical education (CTE) across the nation. NASDCTEc, through leadership, advocacy and partnerships, aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy. Visit www.careertech.org, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook