Career technical education vital for Walker County’s future

Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 3/8/17

Educators across Alabama are concerned about the future of career technical education (CTE) in the state. If educators are concerned, all residents of our state should be concerned.

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Career technical education vital for Walker County’s future

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Educators across Alabama are concerned about the future of career technical education (CTE) in the state. If educators are concerned, all residents of our state should be concerned.

Last Friday, an email circulated from Alabama Association for Career Technical Education Executive Director Ann Gilmore, who informed education officials that the office of career and technical education and workforce development in Alabama would be abolished. It has since been reported, however, that the career tech office will not be removed, but rather be placed under the office of academic affairs for the state, as recommended by Superintendent Michael Sentance.

Walker County Center of Technology (WCCT) Director Chris McCullar was up front when asked about the changes, saying he feels reorganizing will negatively impact career technical education progress. The Daily Mountain Eagle agrees with McCullar.

In a state that has been heralded as a leader in CTE, why do the bureaucrats at the state board of education feel the need to change something that seems to be working?

Career tech in Walker County has seen significant growth in recent years with 750 students, between the county and the city school systems, attending the WCCT each day. The training they receive leads them to well-paying jobs for companies who need a skilled workforce.

CTE is too important to the future of our state and local economy. Officials at the state level may or may not realize that fact. It is our hope they recognize that importance simply by the uproar caused by the re-organization.

— Daily Mountain Eagle