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Career and Technical Education

Across Texas and our great nation, we have many great businesses searching for qualified talent within the trades and vocational arts. At the same time, we are seeing a great number of smart, motivated students uninterested in the curricula of most four-year colleges. These students often decide against pursuing any additional schooling following graduation. We can’t let this talent go to waste.

While many of the legislative proposals that surround CTE (Career Technical Education) issues rely heavily on federal intervention, I know that Texans know how to educate Texans best. I want to tackle issues surrounding CTE from the ground up. Through various district events and outreach efforts, I will work to unite parents, educators, and employers to help fill the gap that exists between education and business needs. It’s time we tackle the stigma associated with CTE and show motivated students the value of pursuing a career in these trades.

Be sure to check back regularly to my website and social media pages to get updates on my efforts on this important issue. Please join me in promoting CTE opportunities. I welcome your input to ensure greater awareness of CTE. Contact me by following this link.



“CTE serves only ‘disadvantaged’ students”

Ninety-two percent of high school students take some CTE, making it the norm for just about everyone.  And, despite conventional wisdom, 33 percent of students in the highest socio-economic status (SES) quartile took three or more CTE credits, as well as 44 percent of students in the second highest SES quartile.[1]

“CTE is for non-college bound students”

Seventy-eight percent of CTE concentrators enroll in postsecondary education, full time, within two years of graduation. Within eight years, 50 percent of those concentrators earn a degree or certificate, compared to 58 percent of non-concentrators.[2]  And, on top of that, about one third of all dual enrollment credits -- about 600,000 in all -- are earned in CTE courses.[3]

[1] http://www.nrccte.org/sites/default/files/publication-files/nrccte_cte_typology.pdf
[1] http://cte.ed.gov/docs/NACTE_FinalReport2014.pdf
[1] http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2013/2013001.pdf
[1] PCRN data analysis: cte.ed.gov


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