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The iCEV CTE Blog

The latest ideas, tips, strategies and trends for CTE teachers and administrators.

Mike Cescon

With past experience in teaching, a couple of degrees in writing, and an upbringing immersed in medical jargon, Mike is positioned well to hear out the most common questions teachers ask about the AES curriculum. His goal is to write content that quickly and effectively answers these questions so you can back to what matters - teaching your students.

Agricultural Science | Industry Certifications | Animal Science

By: Mike Cescon
March 22nd, 2023

If you teach a high school agriculture course, you’ve probably heard of the Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification. For many teachers, this is a key certification their students can earn to prove their knowledge and gain careers in the animal science industry. 

Technology Curriculum | STEM | Engineering

By: Mike Cescon
March 21st, 2023

As a STEM teacher, finding a strong engineering curriculum for your high school students is critical to teach them the concepts they need. After all, the right lesson plans and projects will give your students hands-on experience in design and construction they can take with them throughout their lives. The wrong curriculum, however, may leave them with no practical experience at all.


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Career and Technical Education (CTE) | Industry Certifications

By: Mike Cescon
March 16th, 2023

Whether you teach middle school or high school CTE, you've probably heard a bit about industry certifications and are wondering if you should offer them to your students. But why are certifications important? What value do they offer, and how do they help students succeed?  In this article, you'll discover the top 10 benefits of certifications for CTE students. After reading, you'll have a better understanding of why earning an industry certification is important to an individual's education and career path. 

Family & Consumer Sciences | Hospitality and Tourism

By: Mike Cescon
March 14th, 2023

If you’re a high school family and consumer sciences teacher, then one course you’ve probably thought about teaching is hospitality and tourism. These popular courses do a lot to draw in and engage students, but to teach them well, you need the right curriculum for your classroom. 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) | Agricultural Science | FFA

By: Mike Cescon
March 9th, 2023

If you’re looking to prepare your students for FFA judging events like dairy, poultry, or meat, you know it’s essential they have the best guidance possible to get the most out of their experience. 

Digital Curriculum | High School | Textbooks | Culinary Arts | Family & Consumer Sciences

By: Mike Cescon
February 28th, 2023

Finding the right curriculum is critical to teaching your high school culinary arts course. After all, a strong curriculum will serve your students far better than a simple cookbook—instead, it will teach them the fundamentals, philosophies, and techniques behind great cuisine.