What is CTE?

The education-world is cluttered with acronyms: CTSO, IEP, ILP, ATC, SGA, etc.

It is important, especially during Career and Technical Education Month®, to know exactly what this three-letter acronym CTE stands for and why it is so important.

CTE = Career and Technical Education

Career and technical education (CTE) is the practice of teaching specific career skills to students in middle school, high school and post-secondary institutions.

As DECA members, each and every one of us are a part of CTE. DECA’s inner four points all directly align with CTE:

  • Being academically prepared
  • Being community-oriented
  • Being professionally responsible
  • Being experienced leaders

Although student organizations (like DECA) provide a vessel for career and technical education to be implemented into the classroom, CTE is so much more than just student organizations. According to the Association for Career and 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-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers.”

Here are just a few CTE facts that you can use when explaining what CTE is and what it does:

  1. 95% of CTE students graduate high school, which is 10% higher than the national average.
  2. Between 2012 and 2022, there will be 50+ million job openings for CTE graduates, of those jobs, nearly 16 million (30.9%) will be new.
  3. 91% of high school graduates who earned 2-3 CTE credits enrolled in college.
  4. For every $1 of government funding in CTE, taxpayers earn as much as $12.20 in returned benefits.

So, this February when you are advocating for DECA or any other CTSO make sure you are also advocating for CTE, because DECA is CTE!

For more information, I encourage you to visit ACTE’s “What is CTE” tab on their website.

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