Students who earn CTE credits tend to remain in school. In fact, CTE students are three times less likely to drop out of school. A combination of 60 percent academic courses and 40 percent CTE is the most effective dropout prevention program in the American high school.
The more CTE courses students take, the less likely they are to suffer periods of unemployment. Career and Technical Education graduates find employment 2.2 times faster than graduates from general education programs.
High school students who graduate with a CTE concentration are 2.5 times more likely to be employed while pursuing postsecondary education. Eighteen of the 20 fastest growing occupations within the next decade will require Career and Technical Education.
Why choose a Pathway?
For those students who are accustomed to mapping out a plan to achieve a goal, choosing a Pathway is simply a part of the planning process. On the other hand, you may be the parent of a student who is suspicious of plans, one who prefers to forge his or her own unique pathway. In either case, students should understand that choosing a Pathway is like choosing a map. You’re not locked into any one destination by choosing a particular map; a map simply provides some information that will help you travel more effectively in a given geographic region. Similarly, the New Jersey CTEP Marketing Pathways are the maps that can help students navigate more effectively through their high school and post-secondary experiences. Specifically, each Pathway guides students to the high school courses and post-secondary options most relevant to their education and career goals.
What career information does my student need?
Helping your student ask some good questions about potential education and career options will result in choosing a Pathway that best meets his/her needs. Parents can play a critical role in helping students clarify the issues and apply the information to their own personal situations. Here is a sample of the information that should be made available to you and your students about the Career Pathways.
- What preparation/education do I need to succeed in this Career Pathway?
- Where can I get training for the occupations related to this Career Pathway?
- What is the job outlook for occupations related to this Pathway?
- What knowledge and skills are needed to succeed in this Pathway?
- Is this Career Pathway well suited to my interests?
- Will this Pathway give me opportunities to apply my unique talents and abilities?
- Does this Pathway support my work values?