Career and Technical Education classes prepare students for life-long learning. The more students participate in Career Technical Student Organizations, the higher their academic motivation, academic engagement, grades, career self-efficacy, college aspirations and employability skills.
No longer are CTE classes only for those students who aren't expected to attend college.
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 93 percent, compared to a national adjusted
cohort graduation rate of 80 percent.
• More than 75 percent of secondary CTE investors pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school.
(Alfeld et al., Looking Inside the Black Box: The Value Added by Career and Technical Student Organizations to Students’ High School Experience, National Research Center for CTE, 2007)