“According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the majority of CTE students in high school continue on to postsecondary education, and those who join the workforce outright or work to supplement their incomes as they pursue further education are often in a better financial situation than high school graduates who did not pursue CTE.” Techniques Magazine, February 2014
CTE Sends Students on to Postsecondary Education •78% of CTE concentrators enroll in postsecondary education, full time, within two years of graduation •About one third of all dual enrollment credits—about 600,000 in all—are eared in CTE courses •Students in postsecondary CTE programs are more likely to be employed within five years than those in an academic field of study Careertech.org
“It's predicted that 80% of new jobs will require math, science, and engineering, and 50% of the technical workforce will retire soon, making it more important than ever to inspire students to pursue careers in these fields.” (Wolfram)
Technical skills related to software development, computer programming, interactive objects, & graphic design Creative, innovative & critical thinking Communication and collaboration as an individual and part of a team Encompasses aspects of creating and operating computer software and systems Explores how computer and software engineers work to solve the challenges of a society Using appropriate and accessible digital tools for research and learning Awareness and respect for intellectual property Using communication skills through graphic, typography, audio/visual concepts Post-secondary and career options & resources related to STEM
Technical skills related to computer- aided design Creative, innovative & critical thinking applied in the engineering design process Communication and collaboration as an individual and part of a team Safely using appropriate tools for construction and learning Using engineering, physics & mathematical concepts critical to innovative design Physical activities include robotics, CO2 dragsters, solid fuel rockets, electronics, basal wood bridges, simple machines, Arduino programming, plus CAD & 3D printing! Post-secondary and career options & resources related to STEM Strong math and reasoning skills recommended for success.