6 Advantages of Career and Technical Education

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Career and technical education programs are a promising path to employment that is often not utilized. Here are 6 advantages of career and technical education that you might not realize:

1.      Cost

Most career and technical programs are offered in community colleges, vocational schools, or even high schools.  Therefore, tuition is much less expensive than a four-year degree.  Classes taken in high school are free, and tuition at community colleges and vocational schools can be less than half the price of a bachelor’s degree.

2.      Time

Many career and technical education courses can be completed in a short time-frame, allowing students to transition to a job more quickly.

3.      Helps the Unemployed

When an individual is laid off, it is often hard to find new employment.  Career and technical classes are a way to expand job possibilities by training for a new career.

 4.      Career Success

For those who are already employed, it is sometimes necessary to enhance skills though further education.  Career and technical education classes are the perfect solution in these circumstances.

5.     Preparation for High-Demand Jobs

Career and technical education courses prepare students for the high-skill, high-wage, high-demand jobs of the 21st century.  18 of the 20 fastest growing occupations within the next decade require career and technical education.

6.      Salary

Most jobs requiring career and technical education training pay between $35,000 and $75,000 a year.  In fact, the Florida Department of Education states that graduates who earned a career-focused degree or certificate from a Florida community college are earning up to $11,000 a year more than those with a bachelor’s degree from a Florida public university.

As you can see, there are many reasons to take advantage of career and technical training, all of which will help you graduate ready to take a skilled position in today’s changing workplace.

Posted in Career and Technical Education, Education, Vocational Job Training by craig.templeman at February 24th, 2014.

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