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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Career and Technical Education Month

WHEREAS, every student in the Commonwealth should graduate from high school prepared for success in life; and

WHEREAS, career and technical education allows for the exploration of career pathways, development of workplace skills, stackable certificates, and industry recognized credentials; and

WHEREAS, career and technical education is the foundation of a strong, well-educated workforce that fosters productivity in industry and contributes to Virginia’s leadership in the international marketplace; and

WHEREAS, career and technical education offers lifelong learning opportunities that provide individuals with marketable skills, informed career choices, and expanded post-secondary options that ensure higher earning potentials, job satisfaction, and long-term goals for their futures; and

WHEREAS, the cooperative and ever-increasing efforts between career and technical educators, administrators, and representatives of business and industry stimulate the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy by preparing students for careers in high-demand, high-skill, and high wage fields; and

WHEREAS, the national theme of Career and Technical Education Month “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!” demonstrates the crucial role that career and technical education plays in readying Virginia students for successful careers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize February 2024, as CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.