February 1, 2017 marked the first day of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, an annual public awareness campaign designed to celebrate the accomplishments of CTE students across the country. Nearly 6000 students in 30 District schools participate in career preparatory programs like engineering, early childhood education, and health-related fields to name just a few.

Mayor Kenney kicked off CTE Month festivities at Swenson Arts and Technology High School where he toured the automotive, carpentry, electrical, engineering, plumbing, culinary, and allied health programs. He had the opportunity to talk with students about their educational experiences, and what the City can do to expand these opportunities to more District students.

The School District of Philadelphia’s CTE Division organized several events that are open to the public throughout the month to highlight the unique benefits of CTE education. Join us at any of these events!

CTE Induction Ceremony
Randolph Technical High School, 3101 Henry Ave
Thursday, Feb. 16 | 8 a.m.
Ninth grade students at Randolph Technical High School will be inducted into their selected CTE program of study for the following year during the ceremony.

CTE Awards Ceremony
Jules Mastbaum High School, 3116 Frankford Ave
Tuesday, Feb. 28 | 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Mastbaum will host an awards ceremony for 11th and 12th grade CTE students.

CTE Expo
The Education Center, 440 N. Broad St.
Friday, Feb. 17 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
The Education Center will host a CTE Expo in its atrium with students from various CTE programs showcasing their talents. Dr. Hite, Mayor Kenney, and other city officials are expected to attend.

Excellence in CTE Student Recognition Ceremony at City Hall
Conversation Hall, Room 201, City Hall
Tuesday, Feb. 21 | 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
A student from each District school with a CTE program will be honored at an awards ceremony featuring Mayor Jim Kenney; Harold Epps, Commerce Director; and Otis Hackney, Chief Education Officer.

Visit from State Secretaries of Agriculture and Education
W. B. Saul High School, 7100 Henry Ave.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
State Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and state Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera are expected to visit W. B. Saul High School for a Future Farmers of America showcase. CTE students will be on hand to highlight their agricultural work as well as film the event.

Community schools are also participating in the festivities by hosting demonstrations and CTE program fairs that are open to the public. We hope to see you at one of these events:

Pathways to Pardons Opportunity Fair
Murrell Dobbins CTE, 2150 W Lehigh Ave
Monday, Feb. 13 | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Murrell Dobbins CTE in partnership with Senator Street’s office is hosting an opportunities fair for past offenders. Participants will be able to attend career workshops, learn how to clear their criminal record, and apply for jobs on the spot. Dobbins’s CTE students and teachers will also be there to demonstrate their skills and discuss career opportunities through CTE.

Student Showcase at Reading Terminal Market
Reading Terminal Market, 51 N 12th St
Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Murrell Dobbins CTE and Randolph Technical High School Culinary Arts students will demonstrate molecular gastronomy at the Reading Terminal Market. Video and Media Production students will also film the demonstrations and interview attendees.

College, Career, and Technical Fair
South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S Broad St
Thursday, Feb. 23 | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
South Philadelphia High School will host its first annual College, Career, and Technical Fair for students. The event is designed to help CTE students learn about the opportunities available to them after graduation. Closed to the public.

Learn more about CTE and follow @PHL_MOE on twitter with the hashtag #ThinkCTE for fun facts about CTE. STEM professionals are invited to get involved in school-based or district-wide CTE programming by contacting the District’s CTE Division at 215-400-4130.