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What is Career and Technical Education?

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General Career and Technical Education Info


  1. CTE has 16 Career Clusters/Tracks
  2. 7.4 million secondary students and 4 million post-secondary students are interested in CTE nationwide
  3. Between 2000 and 2014, the number of for-profit CTE institutions increased by about 68.7%
  4. 95% of CTE students graduate high school, which is 10% higher than the national average
  5. 78% of CTE graduates enroll in post-secondary education full-time
  6. Between 2012 and 2022, there will be 50,557,900 job openings for CTE graduates
  7. Of those jobs, 15,627,500 (30.9%) will be new
  8. The United States has 1,200 career and technology centers in 41 states
  9. The Perkins Act is the main source of funding for CTE programs nationwide
  10. Perkins funding can cover up to 100% of CTE materials costs, including digital curriculum
  11. Students enrolling in post-secondary CTE courses are eligible for federal financial aid
  12. 94% of today’s high school students experience some degree of CTE courses
  13. In 2014, 7.5 million high school students earned at least one CTE credit
  14. 91% of high school graduates who earned 2-3 CTE credits enrolled in college
  15. 81% of high school dropouts say real-world skills education would’ve kept them in school
  16. For every $1 of government funding in CTE, taxpayers earn as much as $12.20 in benefits in return
  17. Technical and applied science graduates earn $2,000 to $11,000 more per year than those with a bachelor’s degree
  18. 27% of people with an associate’s degree or less out-earn those with a bachelor’s degree
  19. 1/3 of CTE students are enrolled in programs preparing them for careers in leading industries
  1. In 2014, students earned a total of 3,842,589 CTE credentials in the United States
  2. Earned credentials have increased 62.7% since 2000
  3. In 2014, these states awarded the most CTE credentials
  • California (468,478)
  • Florida (273,551)
  • Texas (260,127)
  • New York (235,928)
  • Illinois (165,225)


  1. 1/3 of all high school dual enrollment credits come from CTE courses (600,000 total)
  2. 82% of CTE students say they’re “satisfied” with career opportunities
  3. 80% of CTE students say CTE classes helped them “know where they were headed
  4. 70% of CTE students say entering a CTE program of study helped them get better grades
  5. 64.7% of post-secondary CTE students enroll in public two-year institutions
  6. 45% of CTE students say it used real-world examples to help them understand classwork
  7. Between 2011 and 2012, 34% of students seeking certificates had already earned a certificate or degree
  8. 20.4% of post-secondary CTE students enroll in private for-profit institutions
  9. In 48 states, high school graduate rates for CTE students are 3%-22% higher than state averages