The New York State Board of Regents recently approved a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway for high school students to graduate with a Regents diploma.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership strongly supports the adoption of this plan as an important new option for success for high school students in New York.
This alternative yet equally rigorous pathway to a high school diploma will create a much needed talent pipeline for business in the Buffalo Niagara region by addressing the following needs:
- Preservation of high educational standards that are aligned with industry needs
- Input from the business community in program development
- Emphasis on meeting labor market needs, especially in STEM fields
- A work-readiness component that incorporates academic, technical and employ-ability skills
The CTE Pathway would allow area businesses to find the qualified employees they need right out of high school. With New York facing a jobs skills gap in many of our key industries, a CTE pathway is an important and necessary plan for the future of our economy.