Education: CTE Reform

In American education, students who complete courses that qualify for Associate’s degrees at community colleges and then transfer to four-year universities often don’t end up with any degree at all. In these CTE (career and technical education) programs, when students do not complete a four-year degree but have completed the courses necessary for a two-year Associate’s degree, the students are left without the money for the years of education, the time that could have been spent at a job, and a degree that could lead to better job outcomes. CTE reform is an up-and-coming issue in American education; furthermore, many now believe that whatever happens in career and technical programs needs to match up to jobs needed in the market. Classes students take in high school could count for college credits, and collaboration between schools and companies should be encouraged.

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