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ERIC Number: ED535444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Career Technical Education and Labor Market Demand
National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
Current data indicates that Career Technical Education (CTE) graduates with high school diplomas or postsecondary skills are preparing for careers in fields that are growing or in high-demand. Matching employability skills with workforce demand has been an issue among industries across the nation. CTE provides relevant academic and technical coursework leading to industry-recognized credentials for secondary, postsecondary, and adult learners. Further, CTE affords students the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials needed to secure careers in growing, high-demand fields. The National Career Clusters[TM] Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters[TM] in the Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career. Based on research that analyzes market needs in relation to the 16 Career Clusters[TM], the lists presented in this paper identify the Career Clusters[TM] that are expected to experience the fastest growth by 2018, and the Career Clusters[TM] projected to have the largest total employment by 2018. Many CTE programs maintain alignment of their courses to labor market demands by staying attuned to the needs of local businesses and industries. CTE helps students attain high-demand skills, preparing them for postsecondary education and increasing their future labor market competitiveness. Labor market projections, such as those shown in this brief, can aid CTE educators and other stakeholders as they work to prepare students for postsecondary education and careers. (Contains 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)