Career and technical education (CTE) can benefit students directly by providing earning advantages before and after graduation. It can benefit them indirectly by increasing engagement, retention, and persistence and by directing them to postsecondary education and pursuit of lifelong learning. CTE programs motivate students to get involved in their learning by engaging them in problem-solving activities that construct knowledge and by providing hands-on activities that enable them to apply knowledge; bring students and adults together in a setting of collaborative learning; and offer opportunities for students to interact with community members, potential employers, and students and teachers who share similar career/vocational interests through such organizations as Future Farmers of America. CTE programs offer students an alternative to college prep programs, programs they may not have the interest, ability, or skills to pursue. Research shows students considered "at risk" or "disadvantaged" and students with disabilities have greater success when they are enrolled in technology education, tech prep, school-to-career, and other CTE programs. (Contains annotations of 18 resources that contain information on the ways in which CTE programs, including student organizations, have benefitted students by improving employment, retention, and achievement outcomes.) (YLB)
Career and Technical Education
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ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.