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Data Driven: Higher Earnings for Career Academy Grads


October 1, 2013


Data Driven: Higher Earnings for Career Academy Grads

Data_Driven Researchers found that attending a career academy produced, on average, an 11 percent increase per year in sustained earnings for academy graduates, in comparison to students who applied but were not chosen by lottery to attend a career academy.[i]  

Today in our blog series on data and research as tools for CTE advocacy, we focus on the impact attending a career academy has on students' subsequent earnings.

The data point above is from research demonstrating the benefit of career academy attendance and completion: Students who graduated from a career academy earned about 11 percent more per year, on average, than other students who were equally motivated and interested in the career academy's career theme, but were not chosen by lottery to enroll. This research examined sustained earnings, going beyond first-year earnings to determine the longer-term effect of career academy attendance. 

When sharing this statistic with policymakers or the public, explain what a career academy is and follow up this data with stories of career academy students and their postsecondary and career successes.

Remember, you don't have to wait for a new entry in our Data Driven blog series to access CTE data and research. The information you need is available at any time with ACTE Fact Sheets.

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