Career and Technical Education by the Numbers

career-and-technical-education-by-the-numbers_123rf20696617More and more people in today’s society are beginning to realize the value of career and technical education courses.  Over the years, these courses have continued to evolve to meet students’ academic needs as well as industry needs at the same time.  Career and technical education provides flexible, real-world learning opportunities which prepare our students for the jobs of the future.  The following thought-provoking statistics highlight just a few of the merits of career and technical education.

1.7% is the dropout rate for career and technical students compared to the overall dropout rate of 4.2%.

27% of people with a career certificate earn more than those with a bachelor’s degree.

35,000 – 75,000 dollars a year is the pay range for most jobs requiring career and technical education.

45% of current job openings require some form of career and technical education.

5,000 – 15,000 dollars more a year is the amount a person with a career and technical degree makes compared to those with a humanities or social sciences degree.

6 months to 3 years is the time it takes to complete most career and technical programs.

70% of high school students involved in career and technical education courses go on to pursue postsecondary education.

81% of dropouts said they would have stayed in school if there were more real-world learning opportunities like career and technical programs.

90% is the average graduation rate for students in career and technical programs compared to the national average of 78%.

10 times – At-risk students are 10 times less likely to drop out of school if they are enrolled in a career and technical program.

Posted in Career and Technical Education, Education, Truancy, Vocational Job Training by craig.templeman at May 27th, 2014.

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