February is CTE Month

Posted by Community Relations Department on 2/19/2014

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month.  What used to be referred to as vocational education has come a long way.  Phoenix Union has 29 programs as varied as Business Operations, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Web Design, Law Enforcement, Early Childhood Education, Engineering, Computer/Networking Technology and Pharmacy Support Services.  Almost 9,000 PUHSD students have taken a CTE course, including a freshman class, CTE 1, where students explore a variety of careers, develop an Education Career Action Plan (ECAP) and receive Internet Safety Training and technology literacy training.  

There is a myth that CTE programs are for students not going to college.  In fact, the percentage of CTE students entering post-secondary schools is 13 percent higher than non-CTE students.  Nearly 50 percent of all Dual Enrollment (earning college credit) opportunities at Phoenix Union are through CTE programs. CTE students score significantly higher in AIMS reading, writing and math than other PUHSD students.  Students enrolled in a CTE program had a 99 percent graduation rate in 2012-13.  CTE graduates are 10-15 percent more likely to be in the labor force and earn nearly 10 percent more than academic program graduates.  To learn more about PUHSD’s Career and Technical Education programs, visit www.phoenixunion.org/cte.