Study Examines Impact of High School CTE

admin | Monday, April 11, 2016

A new study released by the Fordham Institute examines whether or not Career and Technical Education (“CTE”) courses in high school have a positive impact for students.

Among the findings of Career and Technical Education in High School: Does It Improve Student Outcomes? are –

  • Students with greater exposure to CTE are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in a two-year college, be employed, and earn higher wages.
  • CTE is not a path away from college: Students taking more CTE classes are just as likely to pursue a four-year degree as their peers.
  • Students who focus their CTE coursework are more likely to graduate high school by twenty-one percentage points compared to otherwise similar students (and they see a positive impact on other outcomes as well).
  • CTE provides the greatest boost to the kids who need it most—boys, and students from low-income families.

As the findings indicate, Career & College Clubs believes CTE can be a valuable option for many students, so long as the programs don’t reduce students’ ability to explore myriad career and education options.

Importantly, we also believe that students should be prepared to make the most of their CTE experience, and are working with many districts to ensure their middle grade students have the knowledge and skills to make good decisions in high school

For more information on the study, click here.


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