CTE by the Numbers

February is national CTE month, and our team at iCEV could not be more excited for an entire month dedicated to Career & Technical Education. CTE is an important part of the learning experience, bridging the gap between secondary/post-secondary education and the workforce. Students who take CTE courses gain the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in future educational and career pursuits.  Read this blog to learn important facts and figures about CTE.


CTE courses prepare students for more than 79 Career Pathways across 16 Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


Approximately 12.5 million secondary and post-secondary students are enrolled in CTE courses across the nation.


95% of CTE concentrators graduate from high school, 10% higher than the national average.


82% of CTE students are satisfied with their opportunities to pursue different careers of interest, compared to only 51% of students who did not take CTE courses.


More than 75% of students who take a concentration of CTE courses enroll in post-secondary education after graduating from high school.


1/3 of CTE students focus on courses related to in-demand fields, including health care, information technology and STEM.


80% of high school students who took CTE courses meet college and career readiness standards, compared to only 63% of students who are not enrolled in CTE courses.


86% of adult learners concentrating in CTE find work or continue their education within six months of completing their CTE program.


40% of CTE students are considered economically disadvantaged, meaning total household income is below the national average.


40% of CTE students are students of color and ethnic minorities.


By taking CTE courses, students are gaining the knowledge and skills they will need throughout their lives. Students who take CTE courses are more likely to pursue further education and find employment in high-demand fields. Regardless of educational or career goals, CTE prepares students from all walks of life to achieve success in and out of the classroom.

Learn more about CTE from these resources:

Association for Career & Technical Education

Advance CTE


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