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More Career Readiness, Life Skills Needed in High School, Say Recent Graduates

One year after high school graduation, most students wish they had received more life skills training and more opportunities for career readiness during high school, according to a recent survey.

The College Board, a non-profit organization seeking to connect students to college, released a national survey of high school graduates who evaluated their high school experiences based on preparation for college or careers.

Students also reported that they would have benefitted from more practical career readiness and life skills training during high school, such as managing personal finances, to better prepare for college or careers. Students also wish they had taken more rigorous high school course work in science, math and writing.

Students overwhelmingly reported that a college degree is worth the time and money, and 90 percent of respondents stated that students need to complete training or college after high school to succeed in a future career.

Career Technical Education (CTE) programs fill these gaps by combining rigorous coursework with meaningful hands-on experiences to fully prepare CTE graduates for college and careers.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

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