careertech2 031921ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – To provide alternative and affordable education options to students, the Illinois State Board of Education has awarded career and technical education (CTE) grants to three schools in the 27th Illinois Senate District, represented by State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights).

“As our economy adapts to the pandemic, CTE is becoming increasingly important,” Gillespie said. “These grants will help train future CTE teachers so that young learners in our community have access to affordable educational opportunities for a career in growing industries.”

The CTE Education Career Pathways Grants were awarded to 62 schools and vocational centers across the state, totaling over $1.5 million. Prospect High School, John Hersey High School and Fremd High School are the local recipients.

CTE Education Career Pathways Grants prepare students for teaching careers with hands-on experiences that offer dual-credit, credentials and mentorship. The program also gives priority to applicants in underrepresented groups in the teaching field.

Learn more about the CTE Education Career Pathways Grant at