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We are ending the 100-year anniversary of CTE by highlighting the differences in teacher training from the past to now. In this story, we talk with a former agriculture teacher to highlight the experience of agriculture students in the mid-1900s and with Mississippi Department of Education officials to see where the future of all CTE students is headed (p.8). We also give details on how you can promote your CTE program during the upcoming CTE Month in February (p.18) and look to the future of CTE assessment with a recap of the new MSCPAS 3 contract (p.20).
Also, we are featuring new programs and initiatives like the Mississippi Power Externship program, which brought together 10 teachers from across the Gulf Coast to see the different careers available in the power industry (p.4). See the lasting impact CTE can have from Ronald Burton, a rodeo clown and entertainer who was an agriculture and FFA student in Neshoba County (p.14). We also recognize several accomplishments, including Starkville High School students placing in a national robotics competition (p.24), a Forest County agriculture teacher winning the Mississippi and Regional ACTE New Teacher of the Year award (p.13), and Itawamba County’s DECA program being the first in the state to have its school store nationally recognized (p.13).
This issue also displays how students are connecting with others through outreach events and service initiatives like a memorial rodeo hosted by the Clarkdale FFA (p.22), Franklin County students collecting clothing and schools supplies for others (p.17), and Millsaps' teachers touring local industry (p.25). Also, hear from our student profile on how she became interested in engineering (p.26) and advice for new teachers from our teacher profile (p.27).
To continue our work of promoting CTE, please share this issue with friends, colleagues, local economic developers, and elected officials. Remember to follow Connections on Facebook (ConnectionsMS) and Twitter (@ConnectionsMS), and bookmark the Connections website (rcu.msstate.edu/ connections), where we share stories throughout the year. And while you’re there, share news from your school, so we can feature your students, teachers, and programs across our platforms.
Mike Mulvihill
Director, Office of Career and Technical Education
Mississippi Department of Education


For more information about  Connections, please contact the managing editor, Emile Creel.

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Connections is the magazine for K-12 career and technical education (CTE) in Mississippi. The biannual publication features students, educators, schools, and organization from approximately 50 career pathways across 16 career clusters. This Mississippi Department of Education publication is produced by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. Issues are disseminated in print and electronic forms in May and December each year.

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Director of CTE: Mike Mulvihill

Managing Editor: Emile Creel

Associate EditorsKristen Dechert                                    Patrice Guilfoyle

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