Career and Technical Education (CTE) is what makes dreams obtainable for all. And careers in technology are a game-changer that can make the dream a reality. Access to high quality career pathways in technology is possible through comprehensive skills development programs that focus on skills rather than diplomas and degrees. It is those verifiable skills and practical experience that employers seek that make high paying job opportunities possible, not a piece of paper hanging on a wall.

“Technology is embedded into our daily lives and a required skill for every in-demand, high-wage career,” said Johnny Vahalik, senior executive director for college, career, and military readiness with the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas.

“We must prepare students to ethically utilize technology in their daily lives and work, and we must provide students the skill and knowledge to protect themselves and others from the many threats that this generation faces and will continue to face.”

Many people confuse skills as simply classroom instruction. But it is a curriculum that combines classroom instruction, certifications and applied learning through work-based study programs that will make the difference in getting a job. It is with this in mind, and with the help of industry and academia, that The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) designed Connect 4 (C-4), a comprehensive but flexible, all-inclusive program that addresses market demand for skilled labor and leads to jobs. C-4 connects the four critical components necessary to prepare students for the jobs they seek which are: Skills Development, Work-based Learning, Certifications, and Sector Partnership for Jobs Opportunities.  Watch the slide show below for more information.