Posted on 08/28/2017 at 11:35 AM by Blog Experts

CTE Improves Student Achievement in High School, College, and Career

ACTE, February 2017

In a poster sponsored by ACTE and National PTA, the following statistics were shared as evidence to the impact CTE programs have on preparing Future-Ready Students.  There are a number of contributing factors that we will consider in the coming months, but we will start with this research.

Academic and College Success:  Parents play an important role in their children’s college and career success.

  • 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. (1)
  • 600,000 high school students enroll in dual-credit CTE courses to earn college credit. (2)

Career Planning:  Here’s why you should encourage your child to participate in CTE.

  • 6 out of 10 students plan to pursue a career related to the CTE area they’re exploring in high school. (3)
  • Students enrolled in CTE courses are significantly more likely to develop problem-solving, project completion, research, communication, time management, and critical thinking skills during high school. (4)

School and Job Satisfaction:  Quote of Zachery Zigler – “I’m forever grateful to career tech.  I have learned how to manage time and money, be more responsible and support myself while being reliable to other people.”(10)

  • 81% of high school dropouts say relevant, real world learning opportuntities, like CTE, would have kept them in school. (5)
  • Graduates are twice as likely to be engaged at work if they had a meaningful internship or job while in college. (6)

Employment and Earnings:  Quote of Kelsey McClure – “My career tech class has enabled me to do something I love and opened my eyes to possibilities that are ahead.”(9)

  • 36% of STEM jobs require postsecondary credentials that CTE students can obtain within two years of high school graduation. (7)
  • Graduates with technical or applied science associate degrees can out-earn bachelor’s degree holders by $11,000. (8)

1Southern Regional Education Board  2Thomas et al. 2013 National Center for Education Statistics  3NRCCUA and ACTE 2016   4Lekes et al. 2007, National Research Center for CTE   5Bridgeland et al. 2006, Civic Enterprises   6Gallup-Purdue Index report   7Rothwell 2013, Brookings Institution   8Schneider 2013, College Measures   9Ohio Department of Education Career Technical Education Success Stories   10Ibid

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