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Data Driven: CTE Students Develop Problem-solving, Related Skills


January 31, 2014


Data Driven: CTE Students Develop Problem-solving, Related Skills


CTE students were significantly more likely than their non-CTE counterparts to report developing problem-solving, project completion, research, college application, work-related, communication, time management and critical-thinking skills during high school.[i]   

CTE students, through hands-on, project-based learning, not only acquire technical and academic skills but also gain much-needed skills in problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, communications and other skills vital to the workplace. Students acquire these competencies through CTE courses, work-based learning experiences, career and technical student organization competitions and participation in school-based businesses.

The research findings described above were drawn from a study that compared CTE and non-CTE students as they transitioned into postsecondary education. The study also found that students reported gaining skills in mathematics.

When sharing this information with policymakers, business leaders and the public, point out that demand for workplace skills has been expressed time and time again by employers and organizations such as the Society for Human Resource Management.[ii] Back up this information with data on student technical and academic skills attainment (see ACTE Fact Sheets), and share success stories of CTE students who have gained critical-thinking, communication and problem-solving skills.  

You can find this data and other statistics about the benefits of CTE on our website.  

[i] Lekes et al., CTE Pathway Programs, Academic Performance and the Transition to College and Career, National Research Center for CTE, 2007.

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