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CTE Month® is an annual event held in February
to celebrate CTE and the achievements and
accomplishments of programs from across
the country. CTE Month 2016, with its theme
of “Opportunities for Career Success” will give
you the chance to tell the stories of leadership
and excellence from your community and raise
awareness of the crucial role that CTE has in
readying our nation students for careers and our
nation for economic success. 
How can I get involved with CTE Month
2016?
Great question! There are lots of opportunities,
including:
Working with CTE Students and Educators
You can participate in CTE Month by:
Holding a school visit to highlight the strong
programs of a local institution
Organizing a job shadowing opportunity or
career fair
Participating in our annual PSA Video
Contest or Graphic Design Contest
Using social media to speak about strong
CTE programs and the benefits of CTE
Communicating with the Media
To tell your story about the innovation and leadership
in your CTE classrooms, contact inform local
newspapers, television stations, and radio stations
and invite them to cover events such as proclamation
signings, press conferences, and school visits.
If interested in using a sample press release to
craft your own release or want a camera-ready logo
CTE Month Logo to put with your school›s logo
in the letterhead, go to
search.aspx?q=press%20release
and download.
By downloading the CTE Month logo, you agree to
our Logo Use and Restriction Agreement.
A press kit is another great tool to provide VIPs
(media, policymakers, state leadership, etc.) that
attend an event or visit your program with ready-to-
use facts and figures about your program and the
impact you are making in your community! Press
kits typically are housed in a two-pocket folder, and
contain basic information about your program, a
tip sheet or some facts about CTE, a news release
for an event if relevant, and a business card for the
media contact or public outreach contact at your
program or school. Information can also be found at
the link in the previous paragraph.
Be sure to include CTE Month materials such
as pens or notepads, or hand them out at your
CTE Month events. What Is Career and Technical
Education? CTE Today Fact Sheet. Your CTE State
Profile. AND don’t forget to include HOSA-Future
Health Professional materials.
Engaging Policymakers 
Encourage your elected representatives, including
mayors, city managers, county executives and state
governors to designate February as CTE Month.
You may wish to provide your leaders with a copy of
this sample proclamation. The proclamation-signing
ceremony can serve as an event for local media and
a photo opportunity for your school.
Learn more about establishing relationships with
policymakers at this site as well.
Working with Business and Industry
Leaders
We encourage you to engage with business leaders
in your area during CTE Month. Possibilities include: 
Host a career fair featuring local businesses
Make a video profiling successful former
CTE students and where they work
Encourage local merchants to announce the
date and theme on their marquees, in-store
broadcast systems, electronic signs and
cash register receipts
February - CTE 2016
CTE Month® is an annual event held in February
to celebrate CTE and the achievements and
accomplishments of programs from across
the country. CTE Month 2016, with its theme of
“Opportunities for Career Success” will give
you the chance to tell the stories of leadership
and excellence from your community and raise
awareness of the crucial role that CTE has in
readying our nation students for careers and our
nation for economic success.
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