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CTE Fosters the Workforce in Health Care, Energy

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November 8, 2013

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CTE Fosters the Workforce in Health Care, Energy

We’re expanding the ACTE Sector Sheet series with two new releases, CTE:The Key to Economic Development in Health Care and CTE: The Key to Economic Development in Energy. The Sector Sheets describe CTE’s role in growing the qualified workforce in these crucial and expanding industry sectors.

The health care Sector Sheet explores projections for the health care workforce: Professional and technical health care occupations are predicted to grow the fastest of all occupations in the United States through 2020, by 31 percent. Jobs in the health care industry are not solely medical: 11 percent of health care jobs are found in marketing, sales and service; business, management and administration; and education and training. CTE prepares high school, postsecondary and adult students for health care careers through a variety of courses in the health science Career Cluster®, as well as other Clusters and pathways; through work-based learning experiences such as hospital-based classrooms, laboratory facilities and clinical internships; and through other opportunities such as career and technical student organization events. Students also have opportunities to earn stackable certificates, degrees and industry-recognized certifications through such programs as the Health eWorkforce Consortium.

The energy Sector Sheet documents upcoming workforce shortages in the sector and shares that many of these jobs pay a median wage 13 percent higher than the national median wage. Careers in this growing sector include engineers, utility technicians and construction managers, among others. Students develop the academic, technical and employability skills to excel in energy careers through courses in the manufacturing, STEM and architecture and construction Clusters, as well as an energy Cluster in certain states; through business-education partnerships that support a powerful combination of education and work-based learning, such as the Power Plant Technology Institute at Indian River State College; and through opportunities to earn valued credentials.

You can expect more Sector Sheets next year for additional high-growth, high-demand industry sectors. We encourage you to share these advocacy tools with business, policymakers, education leaders and the public to illustrate how CTE supports specific industries and prepares students for in-demand careers.

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