Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow told Jackson Hole Radio this week that career and technical education will soon be incorporated into a student’s required curriculum. Balow says since she took office, this has been a focal point for her.
“My number one, steadfast initiative has really been to boost career and technical education, or CTE. That looks very, very different than it did when I was in school because technical training, or career and technical training now includes things like computer science and healthcare, and the traditional trades like welding and mechanics and FFA, etc.”
Balow says one of the most important aspects of a great Career and Technical Education is seeing that students are able to get into the workplace through apprenticeships and internships. All that, she says, dovetails in with the State Board of Education’s new initiative called “Profile of a Graduate.”
“Our State Board of Education has been working for about the past year on the ‘Profile of a Graduate,’ and that fits really nicely into both computer science which will be required next year as well as career and technical education.”