Governor lauds career and technical education

Invites Fort Dodger Nathan Montgomery to join her for proclamation signing

Career and technical education (CTE) programs all across Iowa prepare students both for college and satisfying jobs. They bring together technical and academic training with hands-on learning opportunities in real-world environments.

In February, Gov. Kim Reynolds took note of the huge importance of CTE by issuing a proclamation making that month Career and Technical Education Month in Iowa. She invited Nathan Montgomery, a student at St. Edmond High School, to be present for the proclamation’s signing. He was honored by the governor because of role he plays in Iowa DECA. Montgomery currently serves as that organization’s statewide vice president of leadership.

Iowa DECA is a career and technical student organization. It helps prepares emerging leaders in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges.

The Messenger agrees with the governor that CTE programs make an important contribution as our state develops its workforce for tomorrow. Her proclamation helped spread the word about the significance of the CTE initiatives both in our state and across the nation. We also applaud Montgomery for his leadership role in Iowa DECA. That Reynolds asked him to be present for the proclamation signing was well-deserved recognition of his valuable work in that organization. We congratulate him on being chosen to participate in this event.