WILMINGTON — College is not the only path to a good career.
That’s what Laurel Oaks teachers are trying to promote with the #CTEChallenge.
Laurel Oaks intervention specialist Dustin Eads and Dean of Instruction Kevin Abt are among the educators hoping the online campaign will promote a positive perception.
The campaign was started by multiple individuals including Dustin Goldie, a veteran teacher of the Kings Local School District and a Clinton County resident.
The point of it is to change the mindsets of career tech education, to show students the other options they have out there, and how it can help set them up for a career, said Eads.
The campaign has even gotten the attention of Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.
“There’s a large skills gap in the United States,” said Abt. “Many of the positions that can’t be filled right now are skilled trade areas.”
Abt said that, for a long time, the mindset for education has been that if you want to be successful, you have to go to college.
“We’ve preached that for so long it’s almost ingrained in people to the point we’re lost sight of the fact that you can make a really good living … without a degree, if you have a…
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