Although school counselors can be key figures in the advancement of Career and Technical Education (CTE), in some cases school counselors are not advocates for CTE. Research has shown that some school counselors and parents have negative images of CTE and push for academic education instead of the CTE that could be a viable choice for all students. It has been suggested that in response to this situation, there is a need to bring school counselors on board, with efforts occurring during both preservice and inservice school counselor education. School counselor education programs should equip their graduates with awareness and knowledge of CTE programs and the ability to explain to parents other options than academic education. School counselor internships should include time spent at places where CTE occurs so that counselors-in-training gain first-hand experience of the value of CTE. Proponents of CTE should become advocates in bringing school counselors on board practicing CTE teachers as well as administrators and teacher education faculty should be involved in these efforts. (KC)
Career and Technical Education
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National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.