Technological advances over the last decade have created a new path and new opportunities for Career and Technical Education (CTE). Crystal Guiler, the Chief Academic Officer of Pointful Education, is a leader in the CTE space, and she joined this episode to share insights with Dr. Wendy Oliver.
Traditional CTE courses like welding and construction still exist, but there is now a whole new world which includes online CTE courses that provide training for Adobe programs, augmented and virtual reality applications, commercial drone piloting, and more. Many of the course offerings are certification courses, meaning students are able to earn professional certifications while they figure out what the next steps are in their career path. There are opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in technology and learn a vocation. Crystal explains, “The new CTE world is very different than it has been in the past and it really is both a college and a career track, not a college or career track.”