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Career and technical education can provide all students with experience, contacts, and training.

Career and Technical Education: Graduate to the Good Life

Competition for jobs, especially entry level jobs, is fierce.

During this school year, colleges and universities are expected to award 952,000 associate's degrees and 1.8 million bachelor's degrees.  Another million or so will earn various forms of career training certificates. Most of these graduates will be seeking to use their new credentials to win new jobs and new careers.

How to stand out in this crowd? High school Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses and programs are emerging as a competitive advantage for all students.

The simple reasons: connections, training and experience.

For students whose plan includes traditional college, CTE offers them the opportunity to discover what they love – and don’t love – about jobs and career areas. Parents appreciate when this happens before hard earned money is spent on college majors. 

College-bound high school students who connect with employers and professionals in potential career areas also gain valuable experience and contacts that will make a much more impressive resume and reference list when they are looking for an internship or that first job in their chosen field. 

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For high school students planning to go straight from high school to entry level work, Career and Technical Education opens that pathway by providing training, industry certification and experience.

Jobs one can get with just a high school diploma are becoming a small slice of the employment pie. Jobs that require documented technical skills, post-high school training or college degrees are now the vast majority of opportunities available.

No matter which direction your student wants to go after high school graduation, Career and Technical Education courses and programs in high school will give your student a competitive edge in the job market.

You can ask your high school about CTE programs in your school or call the Florida Department of Education to learn more, (850)245-9020 or visit the CTE website

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