Encompasses 94 percent of high school student and 12
million postsecondary students
Includes high school, career centers, community and
technical colleges, four-year universities and more
Educates students for a range of career options
through 16 Career Clusters and 79+pathways
Integrates with academics in a rigorous and relevant
Features high school and postsecondary partnerships,
enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees
Fulfills employer needs in high-skill, high-wage,
Prepares students to be college- and career-ready by
providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical,
CTE Closes the Skills
Gap and Addresses the Needs of High-Growth Industries
The skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the
US, with 645,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation and utilities sector
and 253,000 jobs open in manufacturing.
Health care occupations, many of which require an associate
degree or less, make up 8 of the 20 fastest growing occupations.
Middle-skill jobs, jobs that require education and training beyond high school but
less than a bachelor degree, are a significant part of the economy. Of the 46.8
million job openings created by 2018, 30 percent will require some college or a
two-year associate degree.