CTE Study Touts the Value of Depth Over Breadth

This the seventh blog in a series where we will be exploring the topic of innovation and its impact on digital curriculum. 

Daniel Kreisman and Kevin Stange, Vocational and Career Tech Education in American High Schools: The Value of Depth Over Breadth, recently conducted a study on vocational education and how these courses impact students early in their careers. The researchers developed a framework for curriculum choice, taking into account ability and preferences for academic and vocational work. The results they discovered were two-fold. First, the belief that low ability students are funneled into vocational coursework is not likely the case. Second, they discovered that students who were taking more upper-level vocational courses experienced a nearly 2 percent wage increase for each additional year, and they discovered there was no gain from taking introductory vocational courses. These results suggest (a) policies limiting students’ ability to take vocational courses may not be financially beneficial and (b) the benefits of vocational coursework accrue to those who focus on depth over breadth.

Apex Learning CTE Courses

Apex Learning recently announced new Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses that expand the programs of study available. By focusing on full CTE programs of study, Apex Learning is preparing high school students to earn certifications that lead to real-world skills and higher wage jobs they can pursue immediately upon graduation.

Apex Learning CTE programs of study, in areas such as general management, human resources management and administrative support, provide three-year course pathways that equip students for jobs where there is high demand for workers and provide students with the ability to earn the industry credentials employers are seeking. Carefully designed sequences of introductory, intermediate, and capstone-level courses ensure students graduate ready for a job, certification, or technical school.

Built to state, industry, and national standards, Apex Learning CTE courses provide students with the knowledge and skills required for career readiness. Apex Learning CTE courses empower students to succeed with individualized instruction that puts them at the center of their learning.

To learn more about our CTE Courses or to view our CTE catalog visit: https://www.apexlearning.com/cte. Reach out to me directly with any additional questions or if I can share more at joanne.frank@apexlearning.com.

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