February 2017 Message
February 28, 2017 --
During the month of February, the Lorain County JVS celebrated Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, a national campaign designed to highlight how career tech programs are making students "college and career" ready as well as preparing them for high-wage, high-demand career fields.
With 23 JVS high school programs and many career tech courses at the Adult Career Center, we are ensuring our students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.
Our JVS students also have what I call the ingenuity to be successful. They are experiencing "hands on" activities in school, winning awards and contributing to their communities. JVS students are creative, skillful, resourceful and inventive in all areas of academics including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
During the month of February, as part of Black History Month, we also celebrated the accomplishments of African Americans who had the ingenuity and fortitude to make a difference in various vocations including STEM. Moviegoers saw this firsthand in the recent award winning film, "Hidden Figures", the story of a team of African American women mathematicians who served a vital role in the NASA space program helping to launch the first U.S. astronaut, John Glenn into orbit.
There have been countless other African Americans whose vocational ingenuity transformed our lives forever. Inventors such as Garrett Morgan developed the gas mask and the traffic signal. Madame C.J. Walker invented a line of African-American hair care products and became the first Black female millionaire in the U.S. Others included Inventor Charles Drew, whose research on blood plasma led to the invention of the first blood bank. Botanist and Inventor George Washington Carver devised over 100 products using one major crop, the peanut, including dyes, plastics and gasoline.
These Americans serve as examples to our students, and all of us to aspire, achieve and dream! I believe a career tech education puts them on the right path to be successful and to accomplish every goal they set!