February is Career & Technical Education Month across America, and it is certainly something to celebrate for all of us involved in education. Of course, those of us involved in CTE see first-hand everyday its benefits. But for quick reference, or for those of you who may be reading this that do not understand the positive impact of CTE, here’s just a few of those benefits:
- 91% of high school graduates who earned 2-3 CTE credits enrolled in college.
- Taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school.
- Students who take advanced CTE courses in high school see higher earnings, including a 3.2% wage increase for CTE concentrators.
- 80% of high school students taking both CTE and college prep courses meet college and career readiness goals, versus 63% who are college and career ready through college prep courses alone.
- According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fastest growing occupations projected through 2022 require career & technical education.
The list of benefits goes on and on, but if you really want to understand the long-lasting benefits of CTE talk to local industry leaders about what they are looking for in employees. Chances are, you’ll hear answers that correspond to course standards in CTE courses. Go into a CTE class, and see how fully students are immersed in the project-based learning that is at the core of every career & technical education course. Visit with a CTE teacher to hear the success stories of former students who stayed in school and didn’t drop out because of their CTE class. Once you put it all together, you’ll realize more than ever that CTE Works–for everyone!