Career and technical education programs in high schools today offer training in careers ranging from STEM fields to marketing, sales, and service. Their continued improvement and expansion is important to the Latino community.
On January 10, UnidosUS and the National Urban League brought together researchers, policymakers, advocates, and practitioners whose common goal is to ensure that state education plans equally prepare all students with 21st-century skills.
One of those areas of focus is in career and technical education, or CTE.
But we’re not talking about the vocational education of years past that channeled certain populations of students into skilled trades and prevented them from working toward academic degrees. CTE today provides students with academic and technical skills, along with training for a range of industry certifications, and postsecondary certificates and degrees. CTE offers 16 career clusters ranging from STEM fields to marketing, sales, and service.