CTE Fast Facts

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2012-2013

NCACTE applauds the NC General Assembly for supporting Senate Bill 14 and House Bill 51 to
strengthen CTE offerings in NC public schools.

  • In 2012, 94% of North Carolina’s students graduated from high school when they completed a 4-credit CTE pathway compared to 80.4% for all graduates statewide.
  • Nearly 800,000 seats are filled each day in CTE classes within North Carolina.
  • In 2010, the statewide youth unemployment rate (ages 16-19) was 27.0%. This rate dropped to 5.4% for high school graduates with a CTE concentration.
  • Over 48,000 students participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations.
  • 71% of CTE students continue further education and training or military service after high school.
  • CTE students earn college credit in high school. In 2012, nearly 15,000 postsecondary credits were earned by CTE students in high school.
  • In February, North Carolina CTE students took the WorkKeys career ready assessments and about 85% earned the North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). CTE concentrators make up more than half of all high school graduates (CTE Concentrators are students who complete four or more credits in high school Career and Technical Education courses.) North Carolina’s students are choosing Career and Technical Education!
  • In 2011-2012, nearly 29,250 students earned 91,629 industry-recognized credentials in varying areas, from Microsoft Office Specialist to Certified Nursing Assistant to automotive technology.
  • 6,172 career and technical educators serve our state’s students.
  • Career and Technical Education develops high quality programs through business and industry engagement.

2011-2012

  •   In 2011, 89.6% of North Carolina’s students graduated from high school when they completed a 4-credit CTE pathway compared to 77.9% for all graduates statewide.
  • Nearly 850,000 seats are filled each day in CTE classes within North Carolina.
  • Over 48,000 students participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations such as FFA, FBLA, FCCLA, HOSA, DECA, TSA, and SkillsUSA.
  • In 2010, the statewide youth unemployment rate (ages 16-19) was 27.0%. This rate dropped to 5.4% for high school graduates with a CTE concentration.
  • 73.6% of CTE students continue further education and training after high school.
  • CTE students earn college credit in high school. In 2011, nearly 16,000 postsecondary credits were earned by CTE students in high school.
  • Starting this past February, North Carolina CTE students took the WorkKeys career ready assessments and approximately 85% earned the North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).
  • In 2010-2011, nearly 25,000 students earned industry recognized credentials in a variety of areas that ranged from Microsoft Office Specialist to Certified Nursing Assistant to ASE in automotive technology. Over 30,000 Microsoft Office Specialist certifications have been earned this current school year as a part of the successful statewide Microsoft IT Academy.
  • 6,172 career and technical educators serve our state’s students.
  • CTE concentrators make up more than half of all high school graduates. North Carolina’s students are choosing Career and Technical Education.

SOURCE: NCACTE

North Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education is the voice of CTE educators, teachers and business representatives for the advancement of CTE in North Carolina’s public schools.

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