Career and technical education (CTE) encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 8.4 million postsecondary students. CTE prepares students for a host of career options via the 16 Career Clusters® and more than 79 pathways (ACTE, 2016a). Twenty percent of all job openings in the United States are STEM-related; half of those are available to those without a four-year college degree (Koebler, 2013).
These numbers are just a few that represent the value of CTE in our country. They also demonstrate the relevance of CTE programs to today’s young people, the breadth of employment and postsecondary education opportunities that CTE programs prepare students for, and the critical role that CTE programs play in our economy. Simply put, CTE has evolved over the last century; it is a key element in preparing the workforce to meet the needs of industry and keep America strong.
Click the link below to read my entire article published within the February 2017 Techniques publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education.