Graduation Speech : Technical Education

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Hello, everyone! How are you all doing? Let me start by thanking Cindy and her soon to be graduating seniors of the CTE Culinary Arts program for providing a wonderful lunch for the new school board and its ancillary staff. It’s inspiring and amazing to witness how well her program continues to produce magnificent students and provide them with the skills and resources they need to become outstanding chefs in our local community. I also want to thank the educators, patrons, along with our public and private sector leaders that are here today. Hello to all of you and welcome.
But most of all I want to thank all of the Career and Technical Education students that are here to welcome the new Administration and yet again show their abilities, readiness and desire to be responsible leaders in the career path they have chosen. How about a round of applause to all of these hard working guys and gals who are the future of our country. “Applause” We are here today because we have faith in in you! We’re here because we want to make sure that you get all the skills and education you need to reach your dreams and desires. We’re here because we know your dreams are so big and astonishing and also realize that you need all the support you can get! We’re here because we know one of the best ways is through career and technical education also known as CTE. Thanks again, for letting me and your new school board be part of your dream! “Applause”
I am not sure how many new board members are aware with CTE, but over the next few minutes, I want to explain why having a High School diploma is simply not enough. A high school diploma is not enough to be able to compete in today 's global economy. If you want to learn front-line skills, if you want to pr...

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... support and we had something in our hearts and minds that told us that we could do it. So just remember, this school board, business owners and our valuable partners believe in you and want you to reach all of your dreams! We 're counting on you to be that next generation to take over all that we 're doing. So you got to be qualified, you got to be prepared, you got to be hungry, and you got to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Board members, you are raising the next generation up to be great! With your dedication to the CTE programs we 're only getting started. Now that you all have a better understanding of what CTE is and how important it is, I want to thank you so much for being here on behalf of our young people. Put your heads together; let 's figure out what more we can do to keep these kids moving in the right direction. Thank you all.