Nevada Celebrates Career and Technical Education Month


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Carson City, NV - February 13, 2014

For Immediate Release

February is National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.  This year’s theme is Celebrate CTE Superheroes! CTE Month provides programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE educates students to be college- and career-ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields.

During the 2012-2013 school year, Nevada experienced a large increase in CTE enrollment during the first two years of high school. Ninth grade enrollment in CTE programs increased nearly 12% from the previous year, while overall student enrollment increased by approximately 1.2%.  More than 50,000 high school students and over 25,000 college students are enrolled in at least one CTE course on any given day in Nevada. “Thanks to the dedication of CTE teachers and leaders across our state, Nevada’s students have access to high-quality CTE programs that empower students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed beyond high school,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga. “Graduation data for the class of 2013 indicates that Nevada’s CTE students experienced an 88% graduation rate, which shows the power of student engagement in a CTE program of study.”

CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. CTE is a major part of the solution to a number of national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness, and massive layoffs. "Nevada is on board with the national movement to deliver high-quality CTE programs to support a skilled labor force," said Erquiaga. "The Nevada Department of Education has worked closely with partners in higher education and the business community to ensure that CTE is rigorous, relevant, and structured to play an essential role in preparing students for both college and careers."