Industry Tours: A Promising Practice in Bringing Career and Technical Education to Life

DO-IT Factsheet #541

The Career and Technical Education Program (CTE) [1] at Seattle Public Schools [2] serves a wide variety of students with different learning needs. Through a collaborative grant from The Boeing Company [3], CTE staff worked with the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) [4] program to arrange industry tours for students with disabilities.

Students from CTE’s Aerospace Science and Technology [5] program toured a Boeing production plant in Mukilteo, Washington, and another plant in Renton, Washington. They attended information sessions and met employees. Teachers attended the tours with students and talked about students’ unique strengths in the context of a working production plant.

The industry tours are considered a promising practice because:

For information about preparing students with disabilities for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, read What are key issues for increasing the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in STEM fields? [6]