The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) hosted the Career Tech Vision 2013 from December 4 to 7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Their Deputy Executive Director, Stephen DeWitt, emphasized the possibilities to develop technical education for career.

Q: How does the event (Career Tech Vision 2013) help build connections between education and careers?

Stephen DeWitt: The Career Tech Vision 2013 allows people to set networks with colleagues, and know more about new technical education program. People who participated in this convention share experiences and save time to take a note of new education processes. We offer various program sessions; exhibitors showcase their new products for technical education.

Q: What is the trend of technical education?

Stephen DeWitt: To learn something through the book is past. Technology developed so education should also follow practical and industrial technical education for a student’s career. You can easily find various robots for different fields in EXPO. Students should achieve their career using systems in industrial technical products.

Q: What are the most promising occupations for technical education?

Stephen DeWitt: Health science education. Healthcare is a dynamic field that needs real technical and innovative education. Actually, IT and engineering have been developed for a while. Many students are able to utilize technical skills and apply engineering processes through technical education. Recently, we showcase a lot of new ideas to help build a ‘better’ medical student and a more successful medical academy.

Q: Educators already know that technical education nurtures a student’s career. However, the educators should consider about cost part. How would you solve that part of the problem?

Stephen DeWitt: I know that the problem of high-cost professional technical education is still being considered in ACTE. The connection between companies and education programs will be a good solution. For example, Toyota and Hyundai will corporate and engage the education program/curriculum development and align it with education. These engaging programs help improve student growth, close achievement gaps, and solve certain problems which normal school programs cannot achieve.

Reporter: Grace Jeonghyun Kim in Las Vegas