CCC to host open house next week

February 1, 2013 

Cass Career Center invites the community to an Open House in celebration of Career and Technical Education Month.

The Open House will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. During the open house, visitors will be able to see career and technical education in action as students learn and work in programs such as welding, construction technology, health sciences, drafting, automotive technology, information systems technology, fire science, marketing, and agriculture. Cass Career Center is located at 1600 E. Elm (behind Harrisonville High School).

Students and faculty at Cass Career Center will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education Month. This year’s theme is CTE: Careers Through Education. CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE educates students to be college- and career- ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields.

In addition to the Open House, special activities scheduled the week of Feb. 4-8 include special student competitions, guest speakers, field trips, and students presentations at community organizations.

“The activities planned over the next month will illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students,” Gina Smith, director of the CCC, said. “By partnering with the business community, 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.”

CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one-third of the fastest growing occupations will require an associate’s degree or a postsecondary career and technical certificate.

Recent research published by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that 4.7 million new workers will be needed with post-secondary certificates and credentials by 2018, but we will fall short of meeting that demand. At a time when job opportunity is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are adequately equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.

For more information about Cass Career Center visit or “like” CCC on Facebook.

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