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Career and Technical Education

Career and technical education (CTE) connects students in a hands-on way to what they are learning, whether it's witnessing the complex chemistry behind the internal combustion engine or writing a detailed quarterly business plan. Academics and job skills, when taught together, can focus a student's attention on career goals and provide the tools to reach those goals.

Employer demand for students with this blend of academics and job skill training continues to grow especially in high-demand fields such as healthcare and construction.

Return on Investment for students and taxpayers
Workforce Board studies show high school CTE students and professional/technical students in the state's community and technical colleges pay back the public's investment in their career-focused education and training by earning more and, therefore, paying more in taxes. For example, in the 2017 study, participants who completed a high school CTE program were expected to earn almost $47,000 more by the time they reach 65 than those who did not participate in CTE. For participants of a professional/technical program at a community or technical college, projected net benefits to age 65 totalled $116,000 in earnings, and $46,000 in employee benefits. 

Get more information on these and other workforce programs at Workforce Training Results.

Get connected to CTE programs and initiatives

The Workforce Board also administers the federal Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Act, which funds career and technical education at the middle and high school level, and at the state's community and technical colleges. Find out more here.

Staff CTE Contact: Stacy Wyman, 360-709-4623


CTE Stories: Student Video Project

See how students and teachers are creating their own videos to promote high-quality CTE in communities across Washington. This grant-funded project is made possible by AdvanceCTE. A template/toolkit created by the Seattle Film Institute will  help teachers and students interview area employers and former and current CTE students. Read more here.


Explore careers, view job trends, find education, and more!

Career Planning - Washington's comprehensive Where Are You Going? career guide provides the information you need to find a career that fits your interests and abilities, and the education and training path to get there. Order the hard copy companion to the www.CareerBridge.wa.gov website today!









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