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WHEREAS, economic and technological changes in our society are rapidly reflected in the structure and nature of today’s workplace, thereby placing new and additional responsibilities on our educational system; and
WHEREAS, career and technical education provides students with a career pathway for postsecondary education and workplace readiness; serves as the foundation of a strong, well-educated workforce, which fosters productivity in business and industry; and contributes to Virginia’s leadership in the international marketplace; and
WHEREAS, career and technical education gives citizens experience in practical, meaningful applications of basic skills, including reading, writing, and mathematics; and
WHEREAS, career and technical education offers individuals lifelong opportunities to learn new skills that provide them with more career choices, expanded earning potential, and greater job satisfaction; and
WHEREAS, the cooperative and ever-increasing efforts between career and technical educators, administrators, and representatives of business and industry stimulate the growth and vitality of our Commonwealth’s economy by preparing citizens for careers in high-demand, high-wage, and highly technologically-skilled areas in a global economy; and
WHEREAS, this year’s theme, Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!, demonstrates the crucial role that career and technical education plays in readying our students for successful careers;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 2018 as CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.