Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs a boon to students, schools and school districts across America.
Economic uncertainty. Rapid technological advances. Government pressure. Increased globalization. Teachers and schools and school districts face greater challenges in preparing students for the future than ever before.
With 1.2 million students dropping out in the US every year, those challenges are compounded by:
- Estimated cost of $312 billion in lost revenues for a single year’s dropouts
- The fact that students who drop out are more than three times as likely to be unemployed as those who graduate from high school and go on to complete a Bachelor’s degree
- By the challenges posed to businesses looking for but often not finding entry-level employees with adequate creative, critical thinking and problem solving skills
- By school districts, already strapped for cash, losing per-pupil funding and getting sanctioned for lowest achieving schools.
The challenge, therefore, for the K-12 education community is to identify strategies and programs that keep students in school and help them become competitive in the job market by the time they graduate. Here’s one viable solution.