Leaders across the spectrum of American society know that Career Technical Education (CTE) works for America. That is why we have invited CEOs, lawmakers, association leaders and many more to contribute their insight on the importance of CTE in our Friends of CTE series. 

Below, you will find persuasive pieces on the value of CTE that were written by leaders from a wide variety of fields who understand the importance of CTE to every facet of the American economy. Each entry contains a unique insight into how we can best deliver high-quality CTE, utilize up-to-date workforce data to give students the whole picture of the jobs that await them after graduation and ensure that the students leaving the American school system possess career-ready skills. CTE advocates are encouraged to print and use the testimonials below in meetings as leave-behinds in meetings with CTE stakeholders.

The persuasive force of industry expertise is a valuable tool for casemaking, and provides a fresh take on the importance of CTE to students, employers and the economy. The resources below support the case for CTE as a driver of economic development, a smart way to improve education outcomes for America's students and a pathway to economic advancement for workers looking to take the next step in their career.

If you are a CTE stakeholder interested in contributing to the Friends of CTE series, or have further quesitons about CTE casemaking, don't hesitate to contact us!

Friends of CTE profiles make great meeting materials! Bring articles to leave for further reading at your next meeting as you make the case for CTE!

Toyota President, CEO Supports CTE as Resource for Employment Opportunities
Toyota's Jim Lentz identifies CTE as a crucial edge for job seekers in the modern economy.


A Win-Win Partnership: First Book & CTE

First Book's Katie Niersbach describes First Book's unique and multually-beneficial partnership with CTE programs.

Competitive Advantage Comes from CTE
Air Products' John McGlade argues that CTE is crucial to maintaining the United States' greatest competitive advantage: its skilled workforce.


Education Malfunction is a Myth

CompTia's Todd Thibodeaux supports the need for graduates with career-ready skills and industry certificates.

An Investment Worth Making
Congressman and House CTE Caucus Co-Chairman Jim Langevin argues for fully funding American CTE as an investment in our economic future.


Is There a Skills Gap, and Can CTE Fill It?
The National Skills Coalition's Andy Van Kleunen says that CTE jobs are out there waiting for graduates with appropriate credentials.

PG&E Uses Public-Private Partnerships
to Address Skilled Candidate Shortage
Pacific Gas and Electric
's John R. Simon describes PG&E's work to create public-private workforce development models to ensure it has qualified new hires.



The Strength of America: It’s in the American Workforce and Technical Careers
Snap-on's Nicholas T. Pinchuk describes CTE as the path ahead for America's workforce.

Education Malfunction Is a Myth
's Steven L. Pruitt describes the vital role CTE plays in cultivating science standards for career readiness.


"I Love My Job!"
Home Builders Institute's Deanna Lewis talks about ensuring that the American workforce is prepared for the demands of the modern labor market.

CTE, Quality Workforce Are Needed
for Stronger American Businesses

Union Pacific's Roy Schroer makes the case for expanding CTE to unlock business development and stimulate economic growth.

    College Ready for Some or Career Ready 
for All?

's Jana Hambruch explains modern industry's need for CTE educated, career-ready graduates at the secondary level.