You may notice that most of these reasons have to do with students, as opposed to teachers or administrators.
That’s because CTE is so focused on student outcomes. After all, if students can’t take their education and act on it, what was the point?
To drive that home, let’s start with the most impressive fact about why CTE is so important.
1. 95% of CTE Students Graduate High School
It’s a fact that 95% of all CTE students graduate high school.
These are the students who chose to take a different education path and divert from traditional in-class learning.
That choice led them to earning CTE credits, and in almost every single case, that led to a more engaging learning experience.
We can ascertain that fact because 95% of those students graduate high school. The national average is only 85%.
In this way, CTE prevents students from “falling through the cracks” of the education system. Those who may not do well in traditional classrooms can revolutionize their educational experience by just trying CTE courses.
CTE graduates don’t always start their careers right out of high school, either.
In fact, 91% of all high school graduates who earned two or three CTE credits then went on to post-secondary education.
So CTE does more than teach students. It helps them launch into careers. It helps them pursue further education.
It helps them do just about everything — including jumpstarting a career.
2. CTE Has Incredible Career Demand
Between 2012 and 2022, the United States will have 50,557,900 job openings that can be filled by CTE graduates.
Of those 50 million jobs, 15,627,500 will be new, meaning they either didn’t exist in the past or they were created to address rising demand in different areas.
That’s an incredibly strong career outlook, especially for students who don’t need a two- or four-year degree to earn those careers.