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Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation. CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. In fact, the high school graduation rate for CTE concentrators is about 90 percent – 15 percentage points higher than the national average.

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REAL-WORLD SKILLS

Across the board, CTE programs are most valued for their ability to provide real-world skills within the education system, offering concrete and tangible benefits related to college and career success.

Across the board, CTE programs are most valued for their ability to provide real-world skills within the education system, offering concrete and tangible benefits related to college and career success.

GRADUATION

The graduation rate for CTE concentrators is about 95 percent, approximately 10 percentage points higher than the national average. In fact, nearly all states report higher graduation rates for secondary CTE students than for all students.

KEY COMPONENT

Students enrolled in Career Technical Education (CTE) are increasingly high performers, with higher than average gratuation rates and impressive postsecondary enrollment rates. Yet the greatest value comes when students are engaged in both high-quality CTE programs of study and a rigorous academic course load.