WHAT IS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION?
Career and Technical Education provides high school students with education pathways that help students explore interests and careers in the process of learning through school. The academic subject matter is taught with relevance to the real world and strengthens employability skills, job-related skills and workplace ethics.
According to U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), most high school students take at least one career and technical education course, and one in four students take three or more courses in a single program area. One-third of college students are involved in career and technical programs, and as many as 40 million adults engage in short-term postsecondary occupational training.
Career and technical education can provide a foundation of skills that enables high school graduates to be gainfully employed--either full-time or while in college. Nearly two-thirds of all high school graduates of career and technical programs enter some form of postsecondary program. Rigorous academic content tied to technical subject matter ensures that these students will be ready for college. In some cases, students are able to earn college credits for coursework completed while in high school.
Work Based Learning Programs is the opportunities to get a head start on a career. Whether that career goal is a doctor or nurse, automotive technician or computer sciences. The workbased learning options assist students in preparing for success within a career path. Work-based learning experiences include a