Eight facts every parent should know

1. CTE EXPANDS YOUR TEEN’S OPTIONS

CTE is a structured training program that includes:

  • Career exploration and planning.
  • Direct preparation for employment.
  • Preparation for a post-secondary education.

CTE courses and programs introduce students to career options and assist them in the development of career choices.

2. CTE OFFERS A PATH TO SUCCESS

CTE prepares teens for more than a good paying job. It’s the beginning of a career path. Most new jobs require specific post-secondary advanced technical training. CTE meets that need by providing career exploration, career paths, and links to post-secondary CTE programs. CTE takes students into the real world, and training approximates real work situations.

Career and Technical Education:

  • Keeps teenagers in school.
  • Improves daily attendance.
  • Improves graduation rate.
  • Connects to post-secondary education.
  • Enhances academic achievement.
  • Is an economic value.

3. CTE CHALLENGES YOUR TEEN TO THINK

CTE includes every program, project activity, and organization that is in the business of preparing New Jersey students for successful careers. CTE students are challenged to apply theoretical knowledge—learned in academic and tech classrooms—to practical problems in laboratories or at work sites.

4. CTE OFFERS TOOLS FOR DEVELOPING A MEANINGFUL PLAN

Talk to a school counselor about the career assessments and other tools that are available to your teen. Defining career interests and other characteristics will lead students to the education and career opportunities that promise to meet their needs.

5. CTE PROVIDES CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT

  • Concurrent enrollment is linked directly to post-secondary institutions, so students can meet preliminary requirements for post-secondary degrees while still in high school. These programs increase the number of students going to college and improve their likelihood of success.
  • Your teen will reduce the time and tuition needed to earn a post-secondary degree through technical school or two- or four-year college.
  • Taking concurrent enrollment classes helps your teen develop essential study habits and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in college.

6. CTE HELPS PAY FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

  • By taking CTE concurrent enrollment classes, your teen can earn college credit without having to pay full tuition, as long as he or she is attending high school.
  • CTE enables students to acquire the skills necessary for entry into good paying careers with high potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction.
  • CTE is a proven means of maximizing income and employment potential.

7. CTE BROADENS LIFELONG CAREER AND EDUCATION OPTIONS

  • Nine out of ten New Jersey employers have difficulty finding qualified people to fill job openings. CTE provides long-term job education and skills training, enabling teens to reach their full potential.
  • Studies reveal a strong correlation between education/ technical skills levels and continued employment/lifelong earnings.

8. CTE STUDENTS ACQUIRE LIFE SKILLS THAT APPLY TO ANY CAREER

More than half of New Jersey employers report that applicants lack basic skills. These basic “employability” skills are taught in CTE programs and include:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Goal setting
  • Resource management
  • Using technology
  • Personal responsibility
  • Higher-order thinking
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