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Trades and Industry

What is Trade & Industry?

Trade and industrial education prepares people for careers in a variety of trades, including carpentry, masonry, electrical and construction management; automotive technology; heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; computer-aided drafting and manufacturing; and cosmetology. Division members are instructors of these subjects at the high school and two-year college levels as well as university professors who prepare these teachers.

The Trade and Industrial Education Division was created to:

  • Promote, at the national level, the philosophy and objectives of trade and industrial education.
    Influence national policy affecting trade and industrial education.
  • Cooperate with organizations that support the philosophy and objectives of trade and industrial education.
  • Offer greater visibility to the problems and challenges of trade and industrial educators.
  • Promote and recognize the growth of trade and industrial education teachers in their professional development.
  • Promote the involvement of labor and management in trade and industrial education program and services.
  • Cooperate with federal and state authorities in promoting high standards and developing sound practices in trade and industrial education programs and services.
  • Promote growth and development of the SkillsUSA as an integral part of trade and industrial education programs and services.
  • Provide national meetings of trade and industrial educators and consultants for an exchange of ideas for the promotion, improvement, and expansion of trade and industrial programs and services.

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