What is Career & Technical Education?
- 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 curriculum
- Features high school and postsecondary partnerships, enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees
- Fulfills employer needs in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand areas
- Prepares students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical, job-specific skills
CTE Closes the Skills Gap and Addresses the Needs of High-Growth Industries
-Association for Career & Technical Education,https://www.acteonline.org/general.aspx?id=120#.VdJ2hj-FPIU
- 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.