CTE Done Right Should Serve Both College-Bound and Career-Focused Students

Career and technical education — in decades past a way to steer some students into poor-quality training for a trade instead of college — in its more current version can now boost high school graduation rates and give students essential skills before college.

A good CTE program can be aimed at students who aren’t interested in going to college and want to go right into a trade, or those who intend to go straight through to a four-year university — but those aims can sometimes be in conflict, Andy Smarick, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said Wednesday.

“All of those are legitimate goals of CTE, but they are different goals,” he said.

Smarick and other panelists at an American Enterprise Institute event Wednesday morning shared new research on career and technical education in high schools and discussed its changing nature and how it should be adapted for the future.

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