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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 pathway.
    • 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.

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