Let Virtual CTE Learning Help:
- Expand your course offerings. Think of the number of careers available and then consider the 21st century careers that have yet to be created. Partnering with a virtual CTE learning provider empowers your staff by providing a broad range of engaging curriculum aligned to national CTE standards. Supporting highly qualified staff with CTE courses and opening the door for new electives adds options to your course catalog.
- Individualize student instruction. With a variety of career pathways available, the world of opportunity becomes larger for students. Through CTE, students are exposed to the specific skill-sets, job expectations, rewards, and demands of the career before they venture down a potentially expensive or time-consuming path. Their decisions are more informed, and they are more prepared for their post-graduate opportunities.
- Add more hours to the day. There may only be 24 hours in a day, but we look for ways to maximize their effectiveness. Districts add zero hours, A hours, and Z hours to the day, many times to accommodate the demanding schedules of working and highly-achieving students. Virtual career offerings are especially appropriate, as they provide the career focus desired by these students while giving them the flexibility their schedules require.
- Enhance continuity of education. Unfortunately, things happen that can derail a student’s learning—illness, misbehavior, even bullying can interrupt a student’s attendance. Long-term absences can become an unfortunate reality, and students often struggle to continue their education. Either a virtual or a blended-learning approach can support these students in their career pursuits by providing an uninterrupted learning path.
Steps to Consider when Beginning a Virtual CTE program:
Establish a vision. Consider the benefit that you wish to gain from your virtual CTE program.
- Is it to help meet CTE credits for state graduation requirements?
- Is it to increase options for elective credits?
- Which career clusters are of highest interest to your community or region?
- Who may be best served by the CTE offerings?
Recognize your resources. Pay close attention to your human resources.
- Which teachers will play a key role in building your program?
- Are there businesses in your community with which you can partner to offer local internships and take your CTE offerings to the next level after course completion?
- What opportunities will a virtual CTE program create for parental involvement and buy-in?
Consider cross-curricular opportunities. Maximize the curriculum available to benefit school-wide goals.
- Can you utilize your CTE offerings to enhance your core curriculum? (CTE STEM courses may provide enrichment opportunities when used for class, group, or individual projects within your math or science classes.)
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