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ERIC Number: ED522342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 85
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
Aligning Career and Technical Education with High-Wage and High-Demand Occupations in Tennessee. Issues & Answers. REL 2011-No. 111
Mokher, Christine
Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia
This study examines the availability of career and technical education program areas in Tennessee high schools, concentrations (a three-or-more credit sequence in a program area) completed by 2007/08 high school graduates, and how these concentrations align with jobs in the labor market. It looks at how these outcomes differ, statewide and by region, and identifies corresponding high-wage and high-demand occupations projected over 2006-16. Key findings include: (1) Statewide, the average number of program areas offered in non-career and technical education schools (schools where students received their diploma and that offer courses in addition to those in career and technical education program areas) was 3.6 (out of 7). Across regions, it ranged from 2.9 to 4.7; (2) Statewide, 92 percent of graduates were enrolled in a school offering trade and industrial education, the program area most commonly available, and 26 percent were enrolled in a school offering technology engineering, the program area least commonly available; (3) Statewide, 18 percent of concentrators would need to change program areas to match the distribution of workers in the labor market; (4) Except for technology engineering occupations, which were high wage in all regions, occupations classified as high-wage varied by region; (5) No program area corresponded to a high-demand occupation in all regions. Business technology and trade and industrial education were the only program areas that did not correspond to a high-demand occupation in any region; and (6) Up to 7.1 percent of jobs in high-demand occupations projected over 2006-16 could potentially be filled by 2007/08 concentrators in corresponding program areas, suggesting that up to 71 percent of these jobs could be filled over the 10-year period if the number of these concentrators remains constant. Appended are: (1) Data sources and methodology; (2) Detailed supporting data; and (3) Sensitivity analyses with alternate crosswalk. (Contains 4 boxes, 3 maps, 31 tables and 18 notes.) [For "Aligning Career and Technical Education with High-Wage and High-Demand Occupations in Tennessee. Summary. Issues & Answers. REL 2011-No. 111," see ED522341.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
IES Funded: Yes