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Senator Jauch proclaims February Career and Technical Education Month

Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch, surrounded by students and staff from WITC-Superior, signs proclamation declaring February 2012 Career and Technical Education Month in Wisconsin Senate District 25.

(2/10/12): Calling Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College a “remarkably important institution in our community … for the role it plays in the vitality and quality of our life,” Senator Robert Jauch recently signed a proclamation commemorating February as Career and Technical Education Month. Jauch and students and staff at WITC join others across the nation during this month to celebrate CTE Month, which provides CTE schools across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how career and technical education prepares students for high-wage, high-demand career fields.

Jauch appeared at WITC-Superior on February 6 to sign the proclamation and celebrate with WITC students, staff and officials. “Education is the pipeline to our future, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is the gateway to the opportunity for each and every citizen to be able to develop their talents, achieve the confidence necessary to develop their skills and be available to meet the growing need for skilled workers in our rapidly changing workforce,” Jauch said.

WITC President Bob Meyer highlighted those needs before he introduced the senator. “Sixty-seven percent of manufacturers in the US face a moderate to severe shortage of workers,” Meyer said. “The American Welding Society estimates its shortage of workers to be 200,000 workers. The American Medical Association estimates the number of nursing positions left unfilled by 2020 will near 20 percent of the vacant positions. Those are some pretty stark statistics and they indicate the need for skilled workers,” he concluded.

Indeed, career and technical education is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one-third of the fastest growing occupations will require an associate’s degree or a postsecondary vocational certificate. Recent research published by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that 4.7 million new workers with post-secondary certificates and credentials, such as those that can be obtained at WITC, will be needed by 2018, but the nation will fall short of meeting that demand. At a time when job opportunity is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are adequately equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.

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