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CTE: Preparing the IT Workforce

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May 19, 2014

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CTE: Preparing the IT Workforce

Information technology is at the forefront of innovation and efficiency in the American economy, and CTE is integral to developing the qualified workforce for IT. ACTE's newest Sector Sheet examines CTE's role in developing talent in information technology. It joins our previous Sector Sheets, which examined CTE's role in growing the qualified workforce in health care, advanced manufacturing and energy.

The IT Sector Sheet explores projections for the information technology workforce, which is expected to increase by 18 percent through 2022, compared to 11 percent for all occupations. In addition, information technology is one of the best-paying Career Clusters for those with middle-level skills.

CTE prepares high school, postsecondary and adult students for IT careers through a variety of courses in the Information Technology Career Cluster®, as well as other clusters and pathways; through work-based learning experiences such as internships and job shadowing; and through career and technical student organization activities and competitions. Students also have opportunities to earn stackable certificates and degrees, as well as industry-recognized certifications through such prominent providers as CompTIA, Cisco, Apple, Sun and Microsoft.

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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