This year’s Excellence in Action award winners, spanning 11 Career Clusters® from 10 states, represent some of the best Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in the country. These high-quality programs serve a combined 1,500 students in communities ranging from rural Mississippi to the bustling metro area of Dallas, Texas, providing all learners– no matter their race or income – with a world-class education. While each of the programs is unique, they all offer a rigorous sequence of courses beginning with foundational skills to subject-matter mastery; real-world, hands-on experiences in the classroom led by dedicated educators; and meaningful work-based experiences facilitated by industry partners. The programs boast not only stellar industry partnerships but also with other educational institutions that support seamless transitions from secondary into postsecondary.
All programs are backed up by compelling data demonstrating impressive graduation rates, credential attainment, dual enrollment completion and work-based learning participation and glowing letters of recommendation. These programs are preparing their students for a lifetime of career success.
Health Science Career Cluster
The Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program trains EMTs and paramedics to become knowledgeable health care providers through strong relationship with secondary education schools and industry, which ensures a seamless pathway across systems. Located in a rural community, the program is critical to providing pipeline of qualified healthcare professionals, and has emerged as one of the top programs in the south, boasting a 90 percent first-time pass rate on the National Registry of EMTs, compared to a national average of 60 percent.