Career and Technical Education
Richard L. Lynch
Career and technical education (CTE) is the contemporary term used throughout the United States to identify collectively those education programs that prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and related education necessary for employment in American workplaces. Historically defined as vocational education , CTE programs are offered by more than 35,000 public and private schools and community colleges throughout the United States. Other terms sometimes used to identify CTE include workforce education, technical education, career and technology education, practical and applied living, and, of course, the ubiquitous vocational education (or vocational and technical education)—the term used historically in federal legislation that funded such programs throughout American schools. CTE courses, one or more, are offered in 93% of the nation's nearly 1,600 comprehensive Grade 9-through-12 high schools and nearly all of the nation's 2,000 community and technical colleges. In addition, there are over 1,000 specialized vocational or technical high schools, 800 area ...