WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Education released a new interactive data story that illustrates career and technical education in American high schools and outcomes for students who participate in these programs. The data shows that CTE participation, especially focusing one’s studies by taking two or more CTE classes within the same career cluster, is positively correlated with both future employment and future earnings.
While 77% of students take at least one CTE class while in high school, only 37% of participants focus their studies on a single career cluster. Eight years after their expected graduation dates, students who focused on CTE courses while in high school had higher median annual earnings than students who did not.
The top three most prevalent career clusters in the