The Delaware Association of AgriScience Educators recently sent teachers Jay Davis (Smyrna High School) and Chris Stahl (Milford High School) to attend the 2017 National Policy Seminar, sponsored by the Association for Career & Technical Education in Arlington, Virginia March 13-15, 2017. The event was designed for education professionals to gain insight on new educational law and policies related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Carl D. Perkins Federal funding along with investments in workforce development.
As a part of the seminar, over 400 attendees had the opportunity to visit with members and legislative liaisons on Capitol Hill to share success stories and request support for local CTE programming needs. The Delaware AgriScience teachers spoke with members from Senator Chris Coons and Thomas Carper’s offices along with Representative Lisa Blunt-Rochester’s office about the current state and future trends of career & technical education. Davis and Stahl were also able to exchange dialogue with Senator Carper, who has been a longtime supporter of CTE and the student leadership organization- FFA.
“Career & Technology Education provides students with practical skills that translates to the workforce and higher education. We want to be able to advocate for our CTE programs, as they continue to produce highly skilled students who will be fueling our future economy with the skills and certifications earned in our classrooms,” said Davis about the 10,026 students and 70 AgriScience teachers who are involved with Agricultural Education in the State of Delaware.
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