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The Delaware Association of AgriScience Educators recently sent teachers Jay Davis (Smyrna High School) and Chris Stahl (Milford High School) to the 2019 National Policy Seminar, sponsored by the Association for Career & Technical Education in Arlington, Virginia March 24-27, 2019. The event was designed for education professionals to gain insight on new educational law and policies related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Strengthening Career & Technical Education for the 21st Century Act along with investments in workforce development.

As a part of the seminar, over 350 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.

Career & Technology Education provides an opportunity for students to be prepared for the skills and demands needed in the workforce in order to be successful in the job market of tomorrow. Delaware has about 10,026 students and 70 AgriScience teachers who are involved with Agricultural Education in the State of Delaware. Milford Senior High School has a 1,200 student population with around 900 of those students enrolled in a CTE course of study. Milford Senior High School offers students the opportunity to enroll in Agriculture, Business and Finance, K-12 Teacher Academy, Allied Health, Digital Communications Technology, and STEM.

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