It’s time to make plans to build awareness for a career in the trades. Career and Technology Education Month starts on February 1.

Career and technical education (CTE) directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. This educational track encompasses a variety of fields from information technology to advanced manufacturing. Educational initiatives within CTE include classroom learning, certification programs and other work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom.

What can you do?

  • Participate in Job Shadow Week, Feb. 1-4. Members can host students for a day at their place of business so that students can see real-world examples of careers in action. If your workplace or school is limiting in-person interaction, consider virtually sharing a “day in the life” of your career with a classroom.
  • Host a Career Exploration Panel at your home builders’ association office, Feb. 7-11. Highlight worthwhile job opportunities available in residential construction and rewarding lifestyles.
  • Donate Equipment, Feb. 14-18. HBAs may be in a prime position to donate equipment or supplies that meet industry standards, ensuring that students in secondary and post-secondary institutions have access to appropriate instruments for the respective career fields they hope to enter.
  • Teach a middle school lesson plan for Teach-In Week, Feb. 21-25. Engage students at the middle school level, creating excitement for technical career pathways. View NAHB sample lesson plans.
  • Share on Social Media. Use photos, link to press releases or share your CTE story on social media. Include hashtags #CTEmonth, #STEM, #WorkforceDevelopment, and #CareerTechEd.

More information can be found at nahb.org. Questions? Contact Greg Zick.

If you can’t participate in any of the activities above, you can always support the PA Foundation for Housing. The Foundation solely exists to support the PBA Endorsed Trade Program. Every donation goes directly to support this program that makes such a significant impact. Find out more HERE.