Career and Technical Education
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.
27 percent of people with less than an associate degree, including licenses and certificates,
earn more than the average bachelor's degree recipient.*
What is Career and Technical Education?
- Encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 12 million postsecondary students.
- Includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year
universities and more.
- Educates students for a range of career options through Career Clusters and Pathways.
- Integrates with academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum.
- Features high school and postsecondary partnerships, enabling clear pathways to certifications
- Fulfills employer needs in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand areas.
- Prepares students to be college-and career- ready by providing core academic skills,
employability skills and technical, job-specific skills.
*Visit the ACTE web site to learn more about Career and Technical Education.
Career and Technical Education's Role in American Competitiveness
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Career and Technical Education Department
CTE Department Organizational Structure