The years spent in middle/junior high and high school are key to laying the foundation to succeed in life beyond high school—college and career. To be successful, you need to continue to learn throughout your entire life. There will never come a time when you have learned everything there is to know. The more you learn the more choices you have about what to learn and how to learn. Participation in Career and Technical Education assists students in planning, preparing, and setting goals as a college and career plan is developed.
Career and Technical Education:
- Expands Your Options Courses and programs introduce students to career options and assist them in the development of career choices.
- Offers a Path to Success Pathways take students into the real world, and training approximates real work situations.
- Challenges You to Think Students are challenged to apply theoretical knowledge—learned in academic and technical classrooms—to practical problems in laboratories or at work sites.
- Offers Tools for Developing a Meaningful College and Career Plan Defining career interests and other characteristics will lead students to the education and career opportunities to meet their needs.
- Provides Concurrent Enrollment Concurrent enrollment is linked directly to postsecondary institutions, so students can meet preliminary requirements for postsecondary degrees while still in high school.
- Helps Pay for Postsecondary Education Students can earn college credit without having to pay tuition, as long as he or she is attending high school.
- Broadens Lifelong Career and Education Options Studies reveal a strong correlation between education/technical skills levels and continued employment/lifelong earnings.
- Teaches Life Skills That Apply to Any Career Students learn employability skills, such as communication, teamwork, leadership, goal setting, resource management, and personal responsibility.