Programs such as Career Technical Education (CTE) are one of the few bright spots in the education sector during the nationâ€™s slow recovery period, according to a recent Fox Business News article.
â€œThe high school programs are an opportunity for students to try out lots of different career fields and see what they like and what they donâ€™t like,â€ said Kimberly Green, NASDCTEc Executive Director. â€œFrom the high school perspective, I think itâ€™s really about career exploration, finding your passion and then when you find it, you can begin on your journey for getting the skills you need for starting your career of choice.â€
Further, those high school students typically follow a path to postsecondary institutions where they earn certificates and degrees that qualify them for jobs, Green added.
Perhaps, students are identifying the connection between CTE completion, degree or certificate attainment, and job opportunities. CTE and similar programs are experiencing an increase in enrollments at a time graduate schoolsÂ have seen a declineÂ in student applications, according to the article.
In fact, CTE programs have seen a â€œsharp increaseâ€ in enrollment and many students may be waitlisted, noted Tom Holdsworth,Â SkillsUSA Associate Executive Director of the Office of Communications & Government Relations.
â€œThere are a lot of careers that just require a certificate or a two-year degree and a lot of those are paying above average wages in areas such as manufacturing, architecture, and construction,â€ Holdsworth said. â€œThere are opportunities to earn good middle income wage, but you have to have the right set of skills.â€
TheÂ Bureau of Labor StatisticsÂ estimates that middle-skill jobs will make up approximately 45 percent of all job openings projected through 2014, according to the article. Of the occupations that require postsecondary education, those requiring an associate degree are projected to grow at the fastest rate of about 19 percent, the article said.
Erin Uy, Communications & Marketing Manager