Posted Date: 01/01/2018
Career Technical Education (CTE) Teachers from Ashdown Junior High and Ashdown High School hosted a meeting with their Advisory Board on December 13 in the AHS Library. After introductions and lunch, there were breakout sessions with the CTE Instructors.
CTE serves 94 percent of all high school students and high school students involved in CTE are “more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates”. The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80 percent.
CTE also addresses the needs of high-growth industries and helps close the skills gap. The skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the US, with recent data citing 806,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and 293,000 jobs open in manufacturing. Health care occupations, many of which require an associate degree or less, make up 12 of the 20 fastest growing occupations. STEM occupations such as environmental engineering technicians required an associate degree and will experience faster than average job growth, while middle-skill jobs, jobs that require education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor’s degree, are a significant part of the economy. Of the 55 million job openings created by 2020, 30 percent will require some college or a two-year associate degree.