While attaining higher education is a positive goal for some, Rowe said there are options for high school graduates who arenâ€™t college-bound. He stated that this focus on â€œcollege for allâ€ exacerbates the skills gap and devalues jobs such as welding and plumbing that are critical and rewarding occupations. There are shortages in these areas, Rowe said, because we donâ€™t encourage students to pursue them.
â€œWeâ€™re so focused on getting into the corner office, we forgot how to build a corner office,â€ he said.
Career Technical Education (CTE) offers students an opportunity to attain knowledge and skills required to succeed in the workforce or further education. Through career pathways, CTE students take rigorous coursework, often including work-based experiences and dual enrollment courses, and acquire valuable skills to help them succeed after high school whether or not they choose to pursue postsecondary education.
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Kara Herbertson, Education Policy AnalystÂ