The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in coordination with the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS) hosted a five-day-long virtual event on May 3-7, 2021 highlighting career paths within career and technical education. The goal of the Cutting Edge Careers Palooza was to inform, educate, and expose current high school students across Illinois to the benefits and opportunities within a CTE program of study.
The Palooza presented a combination of live webinars, on-demand videos, and games to encourage exploration of different career options within CTE and share how students can get started on a career path now. The free event was open to all Illinois students and reached over 2,000 individuals within the secondary system. Students were encouraged to participate with gamification elements that allowed them to earn points and win prizes for the top three most engaged participants. All of the resources from the Palooza will continue to be accessible on the Cutting Edge Careers webpage.
Welcome: Illinois State Board of Education - Dr. Ernesto Matias