January 25, 2010
Facts About Career and Technical Education
- Investing in career and technical education yields big returns. For example, in Salt Lake City, for every dollar put into CTE programs at Salt Lake Community College there will be a return of $4.30 to the community. Wisconsins technical colleges return a public benefit of $10.65 for every $1 invested and fully paid back their annual public funding after 2.2 years.
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one-third of the fastest growing occupations will require an associates degree or a postsecondary vocational certificate. Research also indicates that 80 percent of current and emerging occupations require two-year technical degrees, while just 20 percent require baccalaureate degrees.
- Career and technical education has a wide range of careers including: entrepreneurship, automotive technician, architect, carpenter, nursing, dental, medical technicians, careers related to food and fiber production and agribusiness, culinary arts, management and life skills, marketing, technology, and engineering.
- There are 15.6 million secondary and postsecondary career and technical education students in the U.S. Career and technical education is offered in middle school, high schools, two-year community and technical colleges and other postsecondary schools.