On this segment of Michigan Business Beat is Jamie Engel, Executive Director of Career and Technical Education. Career and Technical Education is the CAMW! Most Valuable Partner for the month of September. He shares some information on Career and Technical Education program and dispels some myths of CTE.
Myth 1: Let’s start with the biggest myth…that career and technical education is for poor performing students or students who do NOT go on to college or postsecondary training.
Students that are enrolled in career and technical education programs are more likely to graduate from high school than their peers. In addition, at the Wilson Talent Center, approximately 80% of our students go on to training beyond high school; which could mean an apprenticeship, a certification, an associate or bachelor's degree. Last year students earned 609 certifications while they were still in high school. This training is quite rigorous. Last year $235,000 was given out in scholarships to students.We have to remember that CTE is an option for students, and if we direct their career readiness areas into the right realm, CTE can be a game changer across the board. It can move students through industry quicker and provide employees for businesses sooner.
Myth 2: Career and technical education programs lead to careers with low wages.
If you look at many of the high demand, high wage jobs that are going unfilled you will see positions in information technology, healthcare, business and manufacturing. Getting a head start in these industries while students are still in high school benefits our students and businesses. CTE programs put our students on an accelerated path to earn their degree, or credentials, and to begin working sooner. We offer training in health care, computer programming, engineering, business and risk management, and many more.
If you look on the going-pro website, you will see the median salaries for positions in these fields:
• Plumbers: $65,000 (13% projected job growth);
• Web Developers: $61,000 (13% projected job growth),
• Cardiovascular Technicians: $55,000 (9% projected job growth),
• Physical Therapy Assistants: $51,000 (31% projected job growth)
In many industries, employers will pay you while you continue to be trained onsite or pay for offsite training which may include college as well. That is a significant costs savings for students in addition to not having the amount of debt that some professions have, earning lower wages.
To hear Jamie and Jeffrey's discussion please click play on the SoundCloud PodCast shared below.
Jamie also tackles the questions of How would you respond to someone who believes CTE programs are dirty or outdated? and How can CTE programs help students in their career search?