Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Career and Technical Education prepares students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high demand careers. These careers may require varying levels of education—including industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates, and two- and four-year degrees.
CTE Increases Student Achievement
One CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school. 1
81 percent of dropouts said that “more real-world learning” may have influenced them to stay in school.2
CTE students are significantly more likely to report that they developed problem-solving, project completion, research, math, college application, work-related, communication, time management, and critical thinking skills during high school.3
CTE Meets Individual and Community Economic Needs
Of the 20 fastest growing occupations, 14 require an associate degree or less.4
Shortage of qualified workers to fill the manufacturing jobs overall—with 12 percent reporting severe shortages and 55 percent indicating moderate shortages.
A person with a CTE-related associate degree or credential will earn an average of at least $4,000 more a year than a person with a humanities associate degree—and those with credentials in high-demand fields such as healthcare can average almost $20,000 more a year. 5
ACTE CTE Today
1. (Plank et al., Dropping Out of High School and the Place of Career and Technical Education, 2005)
2. (Bridgeland et al., The Silent Epidemic, 2006)
3. (Lekes et al., Career and Technical Education Pathway Programs, Academic Performance, and the Transition to College and Career, 2007)
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition)
5. (Jacobson et al., Pathways to Boosting the Earnings of Low-Income Students by Increasing Their Educational Attainment, 2009)