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TitleCareer and Technical Skill Demonstrations Set at Capitol
DivisionCareer and Technical Education
Event TypeNews
DescriptionStudents from across Arkansas to show legislators the importance of career and technical education LITTLE ROCK – Students representing several career and technical education programs and student organizations (CTSOs) will demonstrate to legislators and visitors what they’re learning in their classrooms. Demonstrations of the hands-on skills they are learning will be held in the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 22. The media are invited to attend and interact with the students. February has been proclaimed “Career and Technical Education Month” by Governor Mike Beebe, who will officially sign the proclamation during the students’ visit. Students taking part in the day’s activities are career and technical education students and members of the following CTSOs: • SkillsUSA (secondary and postsecondary levels) • FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America) • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) • DECA (association of marketing students) • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) • Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Observers will be treated to the following student demonstrations: •Building an elevator prototype with a control system •Serving coffee as in a coffee shop •Blood pressure and health screenings •Television and video production •Multi-media presentation skills •Making butter from scratch •Presentation about world hunger The Arkansas Department of Career Education, the sponsoring agency, will also have a booth. A February 2011 Harvard Graduate School of Education study entitled “Pathways to Prosperity” emphasizes the critical role of career and technical education, compared with a traditional college education, in preparing today’s students for a successful future. The study also states that improved career and technical education is key as the United States competes with workforces in countries where career preparation and apprenticeships are the norm. A proposed bill before the Arkansas legislature would create an Arkansas College and Career Readiness Program that would establish guidelines and partnerships to help assure all Arkansas high school graduates have the college and career readiness skills to compete in the global economy. Strengthening career education is of particular importance to the mission and success of programs sponsored by ACE.