Our department is having a difficult time building our programs. Admin takes us for granted and doesn’t include us in any of the planning. I have a few ideas that I hope will help, but could use some advice on more ways to recruit students to our courses. The courses are relevant and engaging, but we have a trouble getting noticed on our large campus. What ways or methods do you use to draw students into your CTE programs?

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Nobody is going to guess your needs if it involves change. Sit down with admin and tell them you need to be included.


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