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ERIC Number: ED592376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Career and Technical Education: What Is the Issue and Why Does It Matter? Policy Snapshot
Keily, Tom
Education Commission of the States
The notion that the U.S. has a growing skills gap -- the difference between what employers need to fill in-demand positions and the skill of the current workforce -- is a hot topic among policymakers. By 2020, 65 percent of jobs will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Additionally, the report projects that the increase in demand for a technically trained and educated workforce will continue to grow beyond 2020. Research suggests that quality career and technical education (CTE) programs in high school can support students in building foundational technical skills, gaining practical experience and laying the foundation for future pursuits in postsecondary education and their careers. This Policy Snapshot highlights enacted legislation in 2017 and 2018 pertaining to career and technical education. States enacted career and technical education (CTE) policy in one or more of the following areas: awareness and support, collaboration and research, graduation requirements and dual credit, work-based learning, and funding.
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: Texas; Colorado; Virginia; Washington; Minnesota; Tennessee; Indiana; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; Maryland; Oklahoma; Nevada; Georgia; Michigan; North Carolina; California; Vermont