Postsecondary CTE fosters postsecondary completion and prepares students and adults for in-demand careers. OACES Careers and Technical Education programs offer a variety of industries to our students. Here are the facts from the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE):
Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-demand careers.
- 4 out of 5 secondary CTE graduates who pursued postsecondary education after high school had earned a credential or were still enrolled two years later.
- A person with a CTE-related associate degree or credential will earn on average between $4,000 and $19,000 more a year than a person with a humanities associate degree.
- 27 percent of people with less than an associate degree, including licenses and certificates, earn more than the average bachelor degree recipient.
- CTE students on the postsecondary level are also a broad and varied group, but they are more likely than other students to be older, married and working part- or full-time. They are also more likely to come from a family background of less educational attainment.
- In the 2011-2012 school year, according to the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, there were 4,413,181 postsecondary CTE participants and 2,230,978 CTE concentrators. The National Center for Education Statistics, which uses different criterion, puts the number of undergraduates enrolled in career education programs in 2007-2008 at 12 million.
- CTE is offered at all levels of postsecondary education, including two-year and four-year colleges. In 2005, more than 5,700 postsecondary institutions–90 percent of all Title IV eligible schools–offered career education. In addition, about 3,200 postsecondary institutions awarded certificates that take at least one year but less than two years and more than 2,500 institutions awarded associate degrees and less-than-one-year certificates.
- From 1997 to 2007, there was a 58.4 percent increase in less-than-one-year certificates awarded at two-year institutions, a 28.5 percent increase in certificates that take at least one year but less than two years and an 18.7 percent increase in associate degrees.
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