Program InformationWest Central Indiana Career and Technical Education (CTE) is co-op of Crawfordsville, North Montgomery, Southmont, and Western Boone School Corporations. This partnership forges the way for hundreds of students the opportunity for career guidance and workplace readiness in conjunction with an abundance of CTE programs and Work-Based Learning opportunities in Montgomery County and Boone County.
What is CTE?
According to the Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, “today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers.”
The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Indiana is to ensure an education system of high quality and equity for the academic achievement and career preparation of all Indiana students. Students in Indiana’s secondary CTE programs will gain the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for success in postsecondary education and economically viable career opportunities.
What is Work-Based Learning?
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development defines Work Based Learning (WBL) as the framework of various pathways, or solutions, which include practical experiences to help individuals gain an understanding of an occupation with on-the-job learning. It ranges from career awareness to career training. Pathways may include: U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship, State Earn and Learn (SEAL), Adult Education with On-the-Job Training, Internship and Capstone Courses, Career and Technical Education, and Job Shadowing Opportunities.
BENEFITS OF WORK-BASED LEARNING FOR SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS
- Exposes students to career opportunities
- Gives students opportunities to observe professionals in action
- Helps students network with potential employers
- Enhances students employability skills
- Provides a potential talent development pipeline for local companies
- Connects classroom learning to real-world experiences
- Students have the opportunity to receive college credits and stackable, industry recognized credentials
Source: State of Indiana Work-Based Learning website