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Vocational Education is Making a Comeback
posted by: Alana | April 13, 2016, 08:50 PM   


The next big thing in education might very well be a revival of career and technical education (CTE) according to the latest study from the Fordham Institute.


Despite opponents who have spent decades making CTE and “vo-tech” a taboo option for students, the Fordham Institute report, Career and Technical Education in High School: Does It Improve Student Outcomes, reveals undisputable figures from Arkansas about the benefits of CTE coursework.


Some of the findings include:

  • Greater exposure to CTE increases the likelihood of graduating from high school, enrolling in two-year colleges, employment, and higher wages.
  • Students who focus their CTE coursework are 21% more likely to graduate high school compared to otherwise similar students.
  • CTE classes aren’t treated as a replacement for college – in fact, CTE students are equally likely as non-CTE students to pursue four-year degrees
  • CTE has the greatest impact on traditionally higher needs segments of students including boys and those from low-income families

President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and AAE Advisory Board Member Michael Petrilli will be moderating a FREE webinar on April 14th from 4pm to 5:30pm EST to review the more intricate details of the report’s findings. Attend the webinar to learn more and follow the conversation on Twitter with @educationgadfly at #CTErevisited.

Log on to view the LIVE FEED from the comfort of your own computer at 4pm Eastern Time.



Do you think the same outcomes would be found in your state?
Tell us in the comments below.


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I agree!
written by Emily Connor, London, April 20, 2016

I think standardization leads to nothing!
Having the freedom and liberty to learn and teach which suits best should be a thing already.

Being an educator, at times it gets difficult for me to make this clear to my students. There should be no rule to learning!

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