North Carolinaâ€™s statewide graduation rate for seniors concentrating in CTE courses increased to 94 percent, jumping from 80.4 percent in the 2010-2011school year. Notably, three of the stateâ€™s county school systems surpassed that state graduation rate, according to a Wilkes Journal-Patriot article.
Seniors concentrating in CTE graduated at a rate of 99.3 percent in Ashe County, 98.8 in Alleghany County, 98.1 percent in Wilkes County. A CTE concentrator is a student that takes at least four technical credits from among courses listed in one of 16 Career Clusters; at least one of the courses must be a second-level sequenced class, according to the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Just one of North Carolinaâ€™s school systems did not meet the 85 percent state target of concentrators in the cohort graduating on schedule in 2011-12.
The growing success in graduation rates among CTE concentrators in North Carolina suggests that CTE programs may play a role in engaging students with the real-world experiences they offer to students.
Erin Uy, Communications and Marketing Manager