By Carrot Creates
Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers.
What is Career and Technical Education?
• High schools, career centers, community & technical colleges, as well as, four year universities, are educating students for a range of career options through 16 Career Clusters and 79+ pathways
• The trainings integrate with academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees
• Because of the high demands from employers, this training fulfills the needs for high-skilled, high-wage, and high-demand areas.
The benefits of the CTE trainings are having a positive impact on high school students involved in the program. They are performing better and graduating at higher rates. The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating on CTE programs is 90%, compared to a national average of 75% of freshmen graduation rates not involved in the program. CTE fosters postsecondary completion and prepares students and adults for careers that are in demand by employers. CTE addresses the needs of high-growth industries and helps close the skills’ gap.
CTE Works with Business
• The skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the United States
• Health care occupations are one of the fastest growing occupations
• STEM occupations will experience faster than average job growth
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 46.8 million job openings created by 2018, 30% will require some college or a two-year associate’s degree.
With the dedicated interest in student success and providing opportunities for them to participate in career and technical education, parents and teachers can collaborate on helping students make informative decisions to secure their preparedness for their future.