MACC Proudly Celebrates Career and Technical Education Month
Students, faculty and staff at MACC will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®. CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college- and career- ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. Programs that are offered through MACC include:
- Allied Health Programs: Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technician, Phlebotomy and Occupational Therapy Assistant
- CTE Programs:
- Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Business Administration, Business Office Administration, Computer Information Technology (Networking & Programming), Early Childhood, Engineering Design & Development (Machine Tool and Architectural & Mechanical Design), and Engineering Systems (Mechatronics & Maintenance).
- Certificate Programs in Architectural & Mechanical Design, Accounting, Business Office Administration, Computer Information Technology (Networking & Programming), Early Childhood Education, Maintenance, Mechatronics, and Marketing/Management.
- Certificates of Specialization in Architectural & Mechanical Design and Early Learning Assistant.
- Law Enforcement Training Center
- Fire Academy Training Center
- Emergency Medical Technician Training Center
- Heavy Highway Construction Training Center
- Entrepreneurship and Business Development Center
- Non-Degree Programs such as Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medication Technician, Certified Production Technician, and Insulin Administration
- Other on demand/short term courses such as Web Applications, MS Excel, etc.
“This year we plan to engage students in the CTE programs. The students understand the relevance CTE courses offer them,” said Sonda Stuart, director of the Career & Technical Education Data & Student Success. “CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.”
Students can attend public community and technical colleges for a fraction of the cost of tuition at other institutions: $3,520, on average, in 2016-2017.
According to research in Texas, Colorado and Virginia, graduates with technical or applied science associate degrees out-earn bachelor's degree holders by $2,000 to $11,000.
27 percent of people with less than an associate degree, including licenses and certificates, earn more than the average bachelor’s degree recipient.
Career & Technical Education addresses the needs of high-growth industries and helps close the skills gap. Half of all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) jobs call for workers with less than a bachelor's degree. Health care occupations are projected to grow 18 percent by 2026, adding more than 2 million new jobs. Three million workers will be needed for the nation's infrastructure in the next decade, including designing, building and operating transportation, housing, utilities and telecommunications. Almost half of the energy workforce may need to be replaced by 2024, and demand for solar and wind energy technicians will double. More than 80 percent of manufacturers report that talent shortages will impact their ability to meet customer demand.
CTE students on the postsecondary level are also a broad and varied group, but they are more likely than other students to be older, married and working part- or full-time. They are also more likely to come from a family background of less educational attainment. CTE is offered at all levels of postsecondary education, including two-year and four-year colleges. In 2005, more than 5,700 postsecondary institutions--90 percent of all Title IV eligible schools--offered career education. In addition, about 3,200 postsecondary institutions awarded certificates that take at least one year but less than two years and more than 2,500 institutions awarded associate degrees and less-than-one- year certificates.
MACC provides dynamic and accessible educational opportunities that empower our students and enrich our communities. For more information about MACC Career & Technical Programs call 660.263.4100 ext 11238.