Is CTE Important?
A growing body of research indicates that job markets in the United States and globally continue to grow and expand to include jobs that require education beyond high school. The marketplace is looking for employees that are skilled, not only in specific training that is required by the field/industry, but the ability to adapt and adjust to the ever changing landscape of the marketplace. It is essential that education includes the development of the following critical skills:
- Critical Thinking
- Information Literacy
- Media Literacy
- Technology Literacy
- Social Skills
Career Technical Education courses help teach field related strategies and they offer the chance to gain expertise in relevant areas that will benefit the 21st century workforce. The priority of CTE is to put students to work in the classroom. All students need training, education, and experiences beyond high school to fully prepare them for the 21st workforce.
Partnerships for 21st Century Skills: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/CTE_Oct2010.pdf
U.S. Department of Education. Across the United States there are 26,407 public secondary schools and 10,693 private secondary schools: (Digest of Education Statistics), 2001, Table 89