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CTE: Learning that works for America.

CTE is at the convergence of the interests of business/industry, education, economic development—and our nation as a whole.

CTE is developing a productive workforce ready for the careers of today and tomorrow through technical knowledge, innovation, skill development and entrepreneurship. By preparing students who are ready for both college and career, CTE is crafting effective and efficient educational pathways through high school and postsecondary education to help students achieve their goals.


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What is Career and Technical Education?

Career and technical education (CTE) prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers and further educational opportunities. These careers may require varying levels of education—including industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates, and two- and four-year degrees.


ACTE Fact Sheet

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is crucial to providing the strong workforce training needed to fill the good-paying jobs vital to restoring the economic health of our nation. CTE programs also produce strong educational returns, strengthening student engagement in school, achievement in academics and technical skills, and transitions from high school to postsecondary education and from education to careers.



High Expectations High Outcomes

What Do CTE Students Do After High School?

  • 4 out of 5 secondary CTE graduates pursued postsecondary education immediately after high school.
  • More than one-quarter of secondary CTE graduates worked full-time while enrolled in postsecondary education.
  • 4 out of 5 secondary CTE graduates who entered postsecondary education immediately after high school either attained a credential or were still enrolled two years later.
  • Students who earned a CTE-related associate degree or certificate make an average of $9,000 more per year than an associate degree-holder with a humanities or social science focus. Those with credentials in highdemand fields, such as healthcare, can average almost $20,000 more per year.

American Competitiveness

American excellence and prosperity depend on developing a productive and adaptable workforce that is competitive in the global economy. Unfortunately, American competitiveness is no longer assured. Since 2008, the United States has slipped in the World Economic Forum’s list of most globally competitive nations, down to number seven in 2012.

An educated workforce provides direct benefits to American employers, strengthening the economy through productivity and innovation. In addition, the public receives a return of two to three times what it invests in education, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).


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Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. Check out fast facts!

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