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Career & Technical Education in Missouri Schools

One of the subjects raised during the House Interim Committee on Education’s 2013 Public Hearings was the importance of career and technical education (CTE) in Missouri.

CTE programs are offered in agriculture, business, health sciences, family consumer sciences, skilled technical sciences, and marketing and cooperative education. The goal of CTE is to bring together academic and occupational skills training to prepare students for the job market.

Across Missouri, there are more than 50 area career centers and over 400 comprehensive high schools, as well as a technical college, a dozen community college districts, and seven four-year institutions that help deliver CTE to students.

Two state agencies; the Department of Social Services and the Department of Corrections, are active in the delivery of CTE programs in Missouri.

In 2011-12, nearly 3,000 adults, more than 80,000 postsecondary students and more than 180,000 secondary students participated in Missouri CTE programs. The majority of those 2011 graduates (82% of postsecondary graduates and 92% of secondary graduates) were either employed, continuing their training, or serving in the military after graduation. (source)

CTE plays an important role in Missouri public education. As Missouri Parent tracks legislative updates and educational policies related to CTE, we’ll keep you informed on the Missouri Parent Blog.

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