The Importance and Impact of Career and Technical Education in Michigan

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month is about raising public awareness on the crucial role that CTE programs have in preparing our students for success.

With much of the U.S. economy evolving to a new era of advanced technologies, CTE programs have become essential to the economic success of future generations. In fact, eight out of 10 of the nation’s most sought after employees are ones with degrees related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Senate Republicans have continually focused on legislation that promotes STEM education in Michigan. Available STEM-related jobs continue to increase — illustrating the importance CTE programs will have in our educational system in the decades to come. Since 2010, the growth rate of STEM employment in Michigan has outpaced the growth seen in all other occupational employment, and this trend is expected to continue through 2020.

Studies have shown a correlation between CTE participants and a higher probability of receiving some form of education beyond high school. In fact, of all the 2012 Michigan high school graduates who participated in one or more CTE programs, 76.4 percent have continued on with their education beyond high school.

Senate Republicans have recognized the importance of both CTE and STEM education, which have an immediate and positive impact on those students who choose to participate in them, and we will continue to focus on legislation encouraging these programs.

Building off Public Acts 208 and 209 of 2014 — which grant students more ample opportunities to participate in CTE programs by expanding upon “cross-walking” credits and revising some of the high school graduation requirements — Senate Republicans have been hard at work to give Michigan students an edge being successful in their future careers.

Led by Sens. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair, the Senate Republicans have passed several bills this past year including Senate Bill 491, which would make it easier for professionals with expertise in certain fields to become effective classroom teachers, and SBs 169 and 170 that would allow students to receive a STEM certification on their high school diplomas to showcase to universities and businesses their accomplishments and capabilities.

For more information about CTE and what it can mean for you or your children, please visit www.acteonline.org to learn more.