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CTE Subcommittee

The main purpose(s) of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) subcommittee include:

1. Assisting in preparing CTE students for career readiness.

2. Incorporating and aligning secondary and postsecondary education elements.

3. Developing academic & CTE content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses.

4. Offering the opportunity, where appropriate, for secondary students to acquire postsecondary credits.

5. Fostering the development of industry-recognized credentials or certificates at the postsecondary level.

6. Assisting CTE students in attaining associate or baccalaureate degrees.

Interesting data from the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE)

CTE Works for High School Students

High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.

* 81 percent of dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school.

 * The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent.

* More than 70 percent of secondary CTE concentrators pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school.

CTE Works for College Students and Adults

 Postsecondary CTE fosters postsecondary completion and prepares students and adults for in-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.

Contact Information

CTE Co-Chairs

Dr. David J. Beer
Analyst, CTE Programs
Sugar Grove, A-166
(630) 466-2846

Jess Toussaint, Ed.D.
Dean for Health Professions and Public Service
Sugar Grove, AKL 228
(630) 466-2467 phone
(630) 466-7784 fax