Career & Technical Education (CTE) Leads to Middle-Skill Jobs

Career & Technical Education (CTE) used to be called high school vocational education. However, in keeping with the changing workforce, today’s high school career & technical programs offer opportunities to prepare for associate degrees or apprenticeships. These programs can often pave the way for “middle-skill” careers that require education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor’s degree. These job opportunities are a significant part of the economy and are expected to grow.

CTE allows students to succeed in fast-growing, well-paid jobs in high-growth industries around the country. The National Career Clusters® Framework provides 16 Career Clusters, representing more than 79 Career pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and future careers.

In Kentucky, CTE is an essential component of the high school curriculum, and 67% of students are enrolled in these programs. For many students, it is a critical component in meeting their academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation and leadership development needs. With 58% of Kentucky’s labor market comprised of “middle-skill” careers and a growing skills gap, CTE curriculum is helping to ensure the economy grows, especially in the health sciences, transportation, distribution & logistics, and manufacturing sectors.

JFCS works with a diverse clientele in our Career Services programs. Professional career and education counselors assist high school, college students and adults make informed career decisions, be it a CTE career path or other career avenues. To discuss your particular situation, call for an appointment with JFCS Career Services & Workforce Development, the longest standing career services provider in the region.

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