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High Expectations, High Outcomes: What Do CTE Students Do After High School?

Eighty percent of career and technical education graduates go on to pursue postsecondary education, a recent report issued by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium says. Of the CTE students who do not go on to postsecondary education, the report says, 95 percent of them reported having a job within two years of graduating high school. 


The report, released this fall, points out several statistics about the college-going CTE graduates including:


> 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 high demand fields, such as healthcare, can average almost $20,000 more per year.


The report also points out that career and technical education is a successful dropout prevention strategy with CTE students less likely to drop out than non-CTE students.


For more information read the report: Career Technical Education: High Expectations, High Outcomes.