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The value of career technical education in Sonoma County

February 19, 2021

Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation Board members and staff host virtual sessions for community stakeholders, students, industry leaders and the general public. Four virtual sessions including panel discussions, students Thursday, 12 p.m.–1 p.m. –February 25 online via zoom. 

Career Technical Education Month® is a national public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. 

To raise awareness in Sonoma County, CTE Foundation is hosting a 4-part seminar series that celebrates CTE and acknowledges the partnerships that help strengthen our local economy and ensure student success. 

The four virtual sessions will each be led by a different CTE Foundation board member and will feature a wide array of speakers including students, industry/workforce representatives, educators and community leaders from near and far who are seeking innovative solutions to workforce challenges. 

A special session on Thursday, February 18  featured Cole Smith, shop teacher at Rancho Cotate High School and winner of the 2020 Tony Crabb Spark Leadership Award. The award was established in 2019 by CTE Foundation to acknowledge individuals in the community who are inspiring change in our educational system and have a strong connection to career technical education whether as a leader, advocate, fundraiser or educator. 

The inaugural winner and namesake of the award is CTE Foundation’s founder, Tony Crabb, a former engineer and Sonoma County philanthropist. Mr. Smith was selected for his innovative teaching within career technical education and genuine passion for student success. 

For access to the Zoom, interview contacts or more details, contact Leslie at or text 916-216-3102.