The attached article can truly be summed up with this quote from Debbie Biastre of the Lackawanna City School District, “A lot of the focus has been on college readiness and not necessarily career readiness, and we’re missing an entire facet of the workforce.”
The article entitled, ‘Assemblyman Pushes For Career And Technical Education Diploma,’ supports the following statistics well from ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education). Statistical facts include:
- 81 percent of dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school.
- The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent.
- Postsecondary CTE fosters postsecondary completion and prepares students and adults for in-demand careers.
- A person with a CTE-related associate degree or credential will earn on average between $4,000 and $19,000 more a year than a person with a humanities associate degree.
- The skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the United States, with recent data citing 726,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and 256,000 jobs open in manufacturing.
- Middle-skill jobs, jobs that require education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor’s degree, are a significant part of the economy. Of the 55 million job openings created by 2020, 30 percent will require some college or a two-year associate degree.