Career and technical education (CTE) programs in middle and high school are rising in popularity, and it’s no wonder why! Not only can these courses help students explore, select, and define a career or field of interest, but also they can support students learn soft skills that are highly prized by the job market.
CTE courses can prepare students for a variety of careers—many that require no post secondary education—which is vital in an economy where so many jobs only require a high school education (and maybe a certification). CTE programs also help students focus on real-world soft skills that employers today declare that many young people are missing. Skills like leadership, collaboration, and critical thinking are necessary skills taught in CTE courses and programs in addition to career- and pathway-specific skills.
This video provides an overview of how Career Technical Education (CTE) prepares learners for their futures while closing the skills gap for employers across the country.