February is Career and Technical Education Month and Kishwaukee College is celebrating along with community colleges and technical colleges across the state of Illinois.
Career and Technical Education prepares individuals for high-skill, in-demand employment that furthers Illinois’ global competitiveness. Last year, roughly two-thirds (62.2 percent) of all Illinois community college graduates earned a CTE degree or certificate. CTE programs offer flexible scheduling, work-based learning, and stackable credentials that provide a pathway from education to employment not only for recent high school graduates, but also for returning adults, veterans and incumbent workers.
Success in CTE programming is amplified by academic support services, work-based learning opportunities and business engagement. CTE’s reach in Illinois’ workforce continues to be expansive; currently, there are more than 4,300 different CTE program offerings across the community college system.
Kishwaukee College offers more than 70 certificates and two-year degrees that meet the demands of local business and industry for highly skilled employees. CTE programs at Kishwaukee College include health care fields from Emergency Medical Services to Nursing and Radiologic Technology; manufacturing and industry fields including Electronics, Welding and Automated Engineering Tech; and preparing students for four-year university programs in Business, Engineering, and Health Care. In Fall 2017, Kish added an apprenticeship program through Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training to offer on-the-job experiences with a degree curriculum leading to an Associates in Applied Science degree.
For information about post-secondary career and technical education programs and services at Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu. For information on career and technical education throughout Illinois visit www.iccb.org/cte.