February is the time to recognize classroom innovators at Grand County High School.

Students and faculty members are celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month with a host of special activities, including weekly CTE program spotlights at the school’s commons.

CTE Month provides schools with an opportunity to demonstrate how career and technical education programs prepare students for college and careers. Students who participate in CTE obtain the academic knowledge – as well as the technical and workplace skills – they need to compete in a global economy.

“The activities planned over the next month will illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students,” Grand County High School CTE Director Jim Stocks said. “CTE programs are investing in students’ lives with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees, as well as future leaders.”

According to Stocks, 18 of the 20 fastest growing occupations within the next decade will require Career and Technical Education. CTE jump-starts students’ careers by preparing them for postsecondary education and training for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand occupations.

In Utah, all graduating students have taken a CTE course in high school, and approximately 30 percent of all high school career and technical graduates enter some kind of postsecondary program.

For more information about CTE programs, contact CTE Career Coach Teresa Clarkson at 435-719-4859.

Special activities continue through Feb. 28