Career and Technical Education

Training for Rural Vitality: Reflecting on the First Year of the Rural IL CTE Project

I am a huge proponent for the power of our small towns and country places. As a product of a small town in West Central Illinois myself, I feel the struggles we have faced in a social and economic system that does not regard rural places as much more than either a backward anachronism that […]

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Rural CTE Council Convenes at Western Illinois University

The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools was thrilled to host members of the Rural Illinois Career & Technical Education Project Advisory Council as well as special guests from Western Illinois University and the Illinois State Board of Education for an in-person meeting to discuss new data on the status of CTE programs at

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Assessing the State of Rural Career & Technical Education Programs

Engaging rural schools across the state to understand their needs and experiences is the bedrock foundation of the Rural IL CTE Project. To accomplish this, the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools (AIRSS) issued a first-take Rural IL CTE Survey. AIRSS believes strongly that the best way to advocate for rural and small schools

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The Rural IL CTE Project Hears from Educators and Experts at the 94th Annual IACTE Conference

The Rural IL CTE Project, a new partnership between the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools (AIRSS) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), has a goal of meeting with and listening to as many rural career and technical education (CTE) programs as possible. To this end, program director John Glasgow attended the

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Introducing the Rural IL CTE Project Resource Portal

To celebrate National CTE Month, AIRSS thrilled to unveil the Rural IL CTE Project Resource Portal! This page hosts an in-depth compilation of career and technical education resources, tools, and support. Our hope is that it will help rural and small schools better access the assistance they need for their programs to thrive by bringing

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AIRSS Forms the Rural IL Career and Technical Education Advisory Council

The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools (AIRSS) is thrilled to announce the creation of an Advisory Council for the Rural IL CTE Project, a partnership between AIRSS and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). This high-level group brings together CTE educators, rural school administrators, nonprofit advocates, national experts, and industry partners for

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