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Imagine this scenario: the home team is trailing by one point, 51-50, with only 10 seconds remaining in the championship basketball game. The star player faces a double-team as he brings the ball up the court, leading to a turnover. In a twist of fate, the ball finds its way to Charlie, a seldom-used player thrust into the spotlight due to foul trouble and injuries on the bench.

With the clock ticking down, Charlie scans the court frantically, but all his teammates are tightly defended. With two seconds left, memories of countless hours spent practicing flood his mind. Confidence replaces panic as he sets his sights on the basket. His shot is flawless, and as the buzzer sounds, the scoreboard reveals a miraculous victory, 53-51. Charlie is engulfed in celebration, even receiving a kiss from the head cheerleader, his longtime crush.

While this tale might seem straight out of a Disney Channel movie, it mirrors the strategic utilization of your bench in promoting your CTE program. As a CTE Director, you may hesitate to burden industry partners further, considering their already significant contributions to your program. However, tapping into their commitment could prove invaluable in assembling a formidable recruitment team, bolstering your program, and expanding the talent pool.

Engaging with industry partners offers a plethora of benefits for CTE programs in recruitment, including:

  • Relevance: Industry partners provide insights into current and future workforce demands, ensuring CTE programs remain aligned with practical job requirements. This firsthand relevance resonates with prospective students and parents, highlighting the direct translation of classroom skills into sought-after employment opportunities.
  • Career Pathways: Industry partners interpret various career paths within their sectors, showcasing the array of opportunities for CTE students. By illustrating avenues for advancement and specialization, they ignite students’ interest and commitment to the program.
  • Hands-on Experience: Industry partners promote hands-on learning through internships, apprenticeships, and job shadowing, enhancing students’ skills and employability. These experiences, whether in the classroom or on industry visits, forge valuable connections and practical expertise.
  • Promotion and Marketing: Industry partners lend credibility and visibility to CTE programs by endorsing and participating in promotional activities. Their involvement attracts attention from prospective students, parents, educators, and other potential partners – bolstering program appeal.
  • Resources and Funding: Industry partners may offer financial support and resources to enhance CTE programs, particularly in marketing efforts. This aid alleviates district budget constraints and amplifies opportunities for student engagement.

Incorporating industry partners into your recruitment strategy is paramount. Their collaboration enriches CTE programs from curriculum enhancement to increased student enrollment. They share in the benefits of preparing students for successful careers in their respective fields – so it’s a win-win all around.

Bill Padnos
Advisor at Rhodes Branding | Website | + posts

With years of expertise in career and technical education and workforce development, Bill is a passionate champion of CTE, recognizing the significant influence these pathways have in steering students toward promising futures. In his role as an advisor to Rhodes Branding for its CTE initiatives, he collaborates with the account management and business development teams, contributing to engagement strategy, content creation, and outreach efforts aimed at ensuring success for the company's CTE partners.