Aligning career and technical education with high-wage and high-demand occupations in Tennessee

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Publication Date: August 2011

Overview: This report examines the availability of and participation in seven career and technical education (CTE) “program areas” in Tennessee high schools and “concentrations” (sequences of three or more credits) in those areas completed by high school graduates. It then looks at how these align with high-wage, high-demand jobs in the labor market over 2006–16. The study finds that statewide, the average number of program areas offered in non-CTE schools is 3.6. Program area availability and student enrollment rates vary significantly by area and by region; the number of “concentrators” varies similarly. Overall, trade and industrial education programs are the most commonly offered and technology engineeringthe least. It also finds that statewide, 18 percent of concentrators would need to change program areas to match the distribution of workers in the labor market. Except for technology engineering occupations, which are high-wage in all regions, occupations classified as high-wage vary by region. No program area corresponds to a high-demand occupation in all regions.

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