The Delaware Association of AgriScience Educators recently sent teachers Jay Davis, Smyrna High School, and Chris Stahl, Milford High School, to attend the 2018 National Policy Seminar, sponsored by the Association for Career & Technical Education, held March 5-6 in Arlington, Virginia.

The seminar was designed for education professionals to gain insight on new educational law and policies related to the Every Student Succeeds Act, Carl D. Perkins Federal funding along with investments in workforce development.

More than 350 attendees had the opportunity to visit with members and legislative liaisons on Capitol Hill to share success stories and request support for local CTE programming needs. The Delaware AgriScience teachers spoke with members from the offices of Sens. Chris Coons and Tom Carper and Rep. Lisa Blunt-Rochester about the current state and future trends of career and technical education.

Davis and Stahl were also able to exchange dialogue with Carper and Blunt-Rochester, who are supporters of CTE and the student leadership organization FFA.

“Career and Technology Education provides students with practical skills that translates to the workforce and higher education. We want to be able to advocate for our CTE programs, as they continue to produce highly skilled students who will be fueling our future economy with the skills and certifications earned in our classrooms” said Davis.