4 Benefits of Career and Technical Education for all students

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By Susan Pohorski

You want your children to be prepared for college and a career, right?  College and career readiness requires both knowledge and skills. Career and Technical Education (CTE) not only teaches skills for specific career fields, it also teaches skills for life.

What are the benefits of CTE?

  1. Students are more likely to graduate.  In Wisconsin 64.3 percent of students in grades 6-12 participate in CTE. The graduation rate for these students is 13.9 percent higher than students who do not participate in CTE. And that rate has been growing over the last five years.
  2.  Students develop employability skills.  CTE students are significantly more likely than their non-CTE counterparts to say they developed problem-solving, project completion, research, math, college application, work-related, communication, time management, and critical thinking skills during high school.
  3. Students achieve in other subjects. Students at schools with highly integrated rigorous academic and CTE programs have significantly higher achievement in reading, mathematics and science than those who attend schools with less integrated programs.
  4. Students gain job-specific skills related to a specific career pathway. In high school, students can take courses like “Exploring Business; Computer Fundamentals” or “Principles of Business Management” a long with English, math, science and social studies.



More than 90,000 Wisconsin high school students are taking career and technical education courses in fields such as agriculture, business, family and consumer science, health occupations, marketing, and technology and engineering. Those increased opportunities help them find a viable route to a rewarding career. Many CTE programs provide multiple pathways to prepare for diploma and apprenticeship programs, technical college degrees and industry certifications, as well as four-year degree programs and other career and training.

Isn’t that what you want for your child? Find out what CTE classes are available at your local schools.