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Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce hosts presentation on Career and Technical Education

Published: Feb. 2, 2021 at 4:03 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce delved into opportunities for Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) students to receive Career and Technical Education (CTE) in their weekly business meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd.

In her presentation, titled “Career and Technical Education, Pipeline to Alaska’s Workforce,” Joni Simpson, CTE Coordinator with the FNSB School District, discussed programs currently available in schools around town.

According to Simpson, career and technical education programs for students “will prepare them by teaching them technical skills and employment skills that will help them directly enter your workforce, or move into post-secondary training.”

Unlike academic programs, which are state-funded, CTE programs receive the majority of their funding from the federal government through the Carl Perkins Act. Simpson explained, “That law requires us to create programs that lead to industry-recognized and valued credentials and/or state and federal licenses.”

Simpson listed the many available options, including a Health and Sciences program at every high school in the district. “We have building trades programs at Lathrop High School and Hutchison High School,” she said, adding, “Our automotive programs: we have one at North Pole High School that focuses on small engines and automotive, and we have one at Hutchison High School that includes both of those programs and auto body.”

Other programs offered in the district include Culinary Arts, Audio-Visual Arts, Engineering and the first part of a newer Aviation program.

More information about CTE programs can be found at the school district’s website..

For next week’s luncheon, the Fairbanks Chamber will focus on a campaign to encourage Alaskans to shop at Alaska-owned businesses.

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