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NATEF Introduces New Academics Guide

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Oct. 28, 2014—The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) announced Tuesday the updated Being Relevant Matters Integrated Academics guide.

The guid is funded through a grant program created by the ACT Foundation for members of the National Network of Business Industry Associations.

NATEF’s 32-page academic guide is designed to provide an outline for instructors to help high school students who might prefer a career/technical education option over college prep. Not only does the CTE option provide many high school students a choice, but often it is the incentive to stay in school and optimize their educational opportunities

“The concept of integrating academics into CTE has been around for some time and the results of such integration have been relatively positive,” Trish Serratore, president of NATEF and AYES, said in a release. “But in most high schools that offer CTE programs, English/language arts, mathematics and science are still being taught in separate, sterile environments that afford little opportunity to apply the knowledge gained to real-life challenges and problem-solving opportunities.”

In addition to highlighting the academic content embedded in the various NATEF tasks, each NATEF task and its related academic content have been aligned with Common Core State Standards and STEM connections.

For detailed information regarding the crosswalk of tasks and the respective academic content, see

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