Career and Technical Education (CTE) Courses Lead to Career Readiness, Higher Wages  

February 25, 2019
CTE Courses

February is CTE Month, an opportunity to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

We all know CTE courses are an important curriculum offering designed to better prepare students for the workforce and careers immediately following graduation. But a recent study also found that certain types of CTE courses can have a major impact on students early in their careers. Check out our full offering on CTE courses here:

Upper-Level Vocational Courses Make the Biggest Impact

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.

Depth vs. Breadth

What do we mean when we say depth vs. breadth? Rather than focusing on multiple introductory classes and getting a wide variety of experience in lower level CTE courses, students who are taking upper-level courses and are focusing more deeply in one area of study are experiencing the greatest results, higher wages and increased satisfaction in CTE programs.

How We Can Help

Apex Learning CTE courses focus on full programs of study, preparing high school students to earn certifications that lead to real-world skills and higher wage jobs they can pursue immediately upon graduation. Programs of study in general management, human resources management, accounting 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.

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