Gaps in the talent pipeline pose a serious challenge as we look towards the future. There are 75 million baby boomers that are on the verge of retirement. For the next 20 years, an average of 10,000 people each day will reach age 65 and become “eligible” to retire. These numbers and their impact are awe-inspiring and a bit frightening. The “silver tsunami” as it’s called will dramatically change the economic outlook of our nation and community.
Fall brings our students and staff back into their classrooms and this year also brings exciting news regarding partnerships between Wenatchee schools, parents, community members and business partners.
Imagine going to work and loving your job so much that you throw away your first paycheck. This is a true story. A special education student who went through the Wenatchee High School Community Based Learning Program was hired at Pizza Hut after doing a work-based learning experience there. He felt so valued for the work that he was doing that he didn’t understand why he was being paid to do a job he loved so he threw away his first check in the trash. If this isn’t the essence ...
If you were to do a Google search on CTE the first result is “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.” That is not what I am writing about in this article. You will need to dig a little deeper and go down to the eighth Google Search result, where you will find CTE defined as “The Association for Career and Technical Education.”