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Are You College and Career Ready?

By Mary Shumway
State Director of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Utah State Office of Education
 
Across the country politicians, business and industry leaders, and educators are asking if you are “college and career ready”. But, what does “college and career ready” really mean? The Utah State Board of Education and the Utah State Board of Regents believe all students should have education and career goals that will prepare them to experience fulfilling lives, actively participate as educated citizens, and thrive in a particularly competitive and global marketplace. A college and career ready student is prepared to succeed in college and in postsecondary workforce training programs. Read the College and Career Readiness Recommendations to High School Students and get started!

According to the U.S. Department of Education, about 75 percent of students who start public high school graduate within four or five years. However, more than 90 percent of students who concentrate in career-oriented courses graduate on time. Through participation in a CTE Pathway you will not only be prepared for life after high school, but you will be college and career ready. Secondary CTE Pathways are linked to postsecondary certificate and/or degree programs through articulation agreements with colleges and universities. Talk with your school counselor to learn about concurrent enrollment opportunities.

CTE Pathways provide you with the opportunity to plan, prepare, and be ready for life after high school. Study hard, stay in school, and complete a CTE Pathway and you will be prepared to succeed in college and a career. We wish you a successful school year.

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