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CTE Playing a Larger Role in Student Loan Talk

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July 17, 2013

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CTE Playing a Larger Role in Student Loan Talk 

At an event in Washington today, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) pushed CTE as a postsecondary option for students equal to a four year degree.

Concerned about the growing federal student loan debt, which recently topped $1 trillion, and studies showing that nearly 50 percent of recent college graduates are either unemployed or employed in jobs that do not require a college degree, Sen. Johnson sees the negative stigma associated with vocational training and CTE as harmful to students and the economy.

"We are pounding into our young peoples’ brains that… you will be a second-class citizen if you don’t get a four year degree.”

ACTE agrees with the Senator’s statements that CTE programs at area CTE schools, community and technical colleges and other postsecondary institutions are an effective option for students to earn a postsecondary credential with value in today’s workplace. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, for young workers with licenses and certificates, 43 percent earn more than those with an associate degree and 27 percent earn more than those with a bachelor’s degree.

For more information on the benefits of CTE for students, workers, businesses and the economy as a whole, check out ACTE’s fact sheets including CTE Works! and CTE Today!.

“Let’s give our children and their parents the full range of options. Let’s quit preaching to them that their only path to success is a four-year degree.” 
- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)

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