After falling for several years, enrollment in career and technical education programs in Michigan is on the rise, climbing by nearly 5,000 students since 2015, according to state data.
Last school year, 22.7 percent of high school students statewide were enrolled in at least one career and technical education course, such as manufacturing, business, health science and construction.
That’s up from 22.4 percent in 2015-16 and 21.4 percent the year before that. However, CTE enrollment remains below a high of 23.2 percent in 2010-11.
Roger Curtis, director of the Michigan Talent and Economic Development Agency, said the increase is “encouraging,” given efforts to “eliminate stereotypes surrounding these programs and build a more robust and diverse talent pipeline in Michigan.”
“We will continue to press on with creating multiple pathways for our students to explore and land one of the many good jobs available in the Great Lakes State, but it’s becoming increasingly clear one standout way to accomplish that is through these programs,” he said in a statement.