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CTE Works for High School Students
High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.
- 81 percent of dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school.
- The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in
CTE programs is 90.18 percent, compared to an average national freshman
graduation rate of 74.9 percent.
- More than 70 percent of secondary CTE concentrators pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school.
CTE Works for Business
CTE addresses the needs of high-growth industries and helps close the skills gap.
- The skilled trades are
the hardest jobs to fill in the United States, with recent data citing
726,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and
256,000 jobs open in manufacturing.
- Health care occupations, many of which require an associate degree or less, make up 12 of the 20 fastest growing occupations.
- STEM occupations such as
environmental engineering and science technicians require an associate
degree and will experience faster than average job growth.
- Middle-skill jobs, jobs
that require education and training beyond high school but less than a
bachelor's degree, are a significant part of the economy. Of the 55
million job openings created by 2020, 30 percent will require some
college or a two-year associate degree.
More Key CTE Statistics
- CTE serves 94 percent of all high school students, including male
and female students, students from many races and ethnicities, and
students from higher and lower income backgrounds. However, at the start
of the 21st century, male students; students from smaller, lower income
or rural schools; students who have disabilities; and students who
enter high school with lower academic achievement were more likely to
participate in secondary CTE at higher levels.
- In the 2010-2011 school year, according to the Office of Career,
Technical and Adult Education, there were 7,494,042 secondary CTE
participants, or students who took at least 1 credit of CTE, and
3,020,163 CTE concentrators who took multiple CTE credits in one career
- In 2009, the average number of credits earned in CTE by high school
graduates was 3.6 credits. Over time, the percentage of students taking a
few credits of CTE and students spreading their CTE credits across
multiple career fields has increased, while the percentage taking a
higher concentration of credits in one field has declined. This is due
in large part to increased academic coursetaking on the part of all
students, pointing to a convergence in academics and CTE.
- In 2002, 88 percent of public high schools offered at least one CTE
program. In addition, many high schools are served by area career
centers--1,200 in 41 states, as of 2002.
CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION DEPT
Williamsport Area High School
2990 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
(570) 323-8411 ext.3220
FAX: (570) 322-4150
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