CTE Conference offers training for instructors

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Professional Development Conference is being held through Wednesday afternoon in Bismarck.

The conference gives CTE instructors from across the state, the chance to prepare for the upcoming school year.

This year marks 100 years since Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Hughes National Vocational education act, which opened the doors for vocational programs.

This year, educators at the conference are focusing on the digital era and how education has become more technology driven.

Several guest speakers are also discussing developing leaders in the next generation of workers.

"We want to emphasize that students need the soft skills. They need the people skills. A lot of times they get the technical skills, but we also realize that it's very important that they have those people skills," said Mark Wagner, assistant state director of the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education.

Sixty-six percent of North Dakota's high school students were enrolled in at least one CTE course during the past school year.