Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) plays a vital role in preparing today’s students to be skilled for work and life in a changing, dynamic world.  Career & Technical Education has changed to keep current with the 4th Industrial Revolution. Students are now exploring careers in 3D printing, coding, and since now everyday appliances are IOT (internet of things) enabled their technical training includes learning how to work with sensors and IOT technology.  There are still many career options for students looking to enter culinary, automotive, cosmetology and the manufacturing fields.

We survey students to learn what they are looking for as they explore careers in the various technical education pathways.

  • Although the majority of CTE high school students say they have been exposed to future employers in a variety of ways (65%), the remainder say they have not yet had that contact (35%).
  • 60% of CTE students say they have affirmed or clarified their career pathway through CTE experiences.

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CTE: Benefits for Diverse Goals Infographic

Today’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) attracts a broader cross-section of high school students than ever. Findings from SRF’s Fall 2018 in-class survey of students in CTE classrooms across the nation illustrate that diversity.

The overwhelming majority have at least a B average, plan to continue their education immediately after graduation, and are headed to a wide array of post-secondary institutions. They take CTE to learn skills and explore/prepare for careers. No matter their educational path, they report CTE provides critical benefits that increase workforce readiness and connect academics with the “real world.”

Needed: CTE Teachers Infographic

Teacher shortages threaten CTE education nationwide. And with 37% of CTE teachers surveyed nationwide planning to leave teaching within the next five years, shortages could increase.

Insights from CTE teachers can inform effective interventions. CTE teachers are most often satisfied with the subjects they teach and the students they teach. However, compensation, testing, external collaborations, and facilities/resources are the most common sources of dissatisfaction.

Reauthorization of Perkins offers new opportunities to increase CTE teacher satisfaction so more high school students have the teachers able to prepare students for the workforce of the future.