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Enzi: new CTE plan will help Wyoming students succeed in the workforce

Students at Pathways Innovation Center in Casper work on a house construction project in February 2020. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s United States Senator Mike Enzi said on Friday, May 29 that a new Wyoming career and technical education plan will be a benefit to students once they enter the workforce.

The United State Department of Education announced the approval of Wyoming’s plan on Friday.

“I’m glad the Education Department approved Wyoming’s career and technical education plans,” Enzi said. “I was proud to lead the reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act in 2018 that helped make this possible.”

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“These plans will help give our state flexibility to offer students different training and education opportunities needed to succeed in the modern workforce.”

Wyoming Superintendent Jillian Balow said in the U.S. Department of Education’s Friday, May 29 release that the state has been working for years to strengthen CTE opportunities.

“We have spent years working with our industry partners and our career and technical teachers to etch a viable pathway for students to enter the workforce early, earn good wages, stay in Wyoming – all of which contribute to the value and quality of our state,” she said. “With Perkins V, we can help deliver the skilled workforce that Wyoming industries need, whether it’s welders, electricians, coders, healthcare workers, carpenters, or wind turbine technicians. Our future depends on our students – and this allows them to succeed.”

Wyoming’s new CTE plan can be found online. The U.S. Department of Education says that the plan:

-Aligns professional development requirements for its CTE teachers to those of all other teachers

-Incentivizes development of new and innovative CTE programs of study that align to its comprehensive local needs assessments

-Collaborates with its workforce council and Next Gen Sector Partnerships to promote career awareness through a Road Trip Nation production

U.S. Department of Education