January 2020 Career and Technical Education Resolution


WHEREAS February 1-29, 2020, has been designated National Career and Technical Education Month; and

WHEREAS about 1,424,391 Texas secondary students are enrolled in one or more career and technical education (CTE) courses in 1,200 school districts and charter schools throughout the State; and

WHEREAS career and technical education offers students the opportunity to gain the academic, technical and employability skills necessary for true career readiness; and

WHEREAS students in career and technical education programs participate in authentic, meaningful experiences which improve the quality of their education by offering opportunities to apply academic knowledge and skills from across the curriculum; and 

WHEREAS career and technical education is a vital and integral part of the Foundation High School Program, offering students pathways to earn recognized endorsements, performance acknowledgements and industry validated credentials; and 

WHEREAS Texas is proud to support nine CTE student organizations – Business Professionals of America; the Texas Association of DECA; Educators Rising; Future Business Leaders of America; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; the Texas FFA Association; Health Occupations Students of America; SkillsUSA; and Technology Student Association; and 

WHEREAS career and technical education programs prepare students for fulfilling careers by offering integrated programs of study that link secondary and postsecondary education and significantly contribute to college readiness; and

WHEREAS ensuring that employers have access to a qualified workforce is a crucial step in ensuring productivity among the business and industry communities as well as continued American economic growth and global competitiveness; now, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education, which has been designated by the Texas Legislature as the State Board for Career and Technical Education, does hereby proclaim February 1-29, 2020 as Career and Technical Education Month in Texas, and does hereby urge all Texans to become familiar with the outstanding curriculum delivered by exceptional career and technical education teachers in communities across the state, and to support and participate in these programs to enhance individual skills and productivity.

WITNESS our signatures this thirty-first day of January, two thousand and twenty, in Austin, Texas.

Keven Ellis, Chair

Georgina C. Pérez, Secretary