Basic Facts

ACTE is your resource for quick, to-the-point information that will help you make the case for CTE with policymakers, businesses and the public. In addition to the following fact sheets, ACTE also produces more in-depth reports, publications and toolkits.

General Fact Sheets

CTE Today (Use it to introduce people quickly to the value of CTE)
Overview of CTE focusing on numbers that will grab the attention of busy legislators, industry leaders and their staff.

CTE Works! (Use to demonstrate the value of CTE)
Research overview of CTE’s impact on student academic achievement, dropout rates, adult workforce needs, earnings and employment outcomes, the skills gap and state economies.

Investing in Career and Technical Education Yields Big Returns (Use it to show policymakers how investments in CTE will pay off for your community and state)
Statistics from return-on-investment research of CTE programs across the country, showing that the economic impact CTE can have locally, statewide and nationally is enormous.

CTE: Readiness For All Careers (Use it to communicate how CTE prepares students with employability skills for a variety of careers and industries)
Connects the general workforce skills that employers most need with research demonstrating how CTE helps students develop skills with value across industries and career fields.

What is a Credential?
Overview of the different types of credentials that can be earned by students in CTE programs of study.



A Brief History of CTE
Describes how federal CTE policy has evolved since 1917, up to and including the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).

CTE Improves Student Achievement in High School, College and Career
Learn the benefits of encouraging your child to participate in CTE.

Cybersecurity CTE: Your Pathway to Cybersecurity Careers
Learn how CTE provides students with academic, technical and employability skills for a career in cybersecurity.

Sector Sheets

Sector Sheets describe CTE’s role in growing the qualified workforce for vital industry sectors. Share with industry, education leaders, policymakers and the public to illustrate how CTE supports specific industries and prepares students for career success. Pearson proudly sponsors ACTE Sector Sheets. Pearson logo final

Family and Consumer Sciences: Career Pathways and Employer Connections
Family and Consumer Sciences education prepares students for a wide variety of fulfilling, high-demand, high-wage careers within the Human Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training, and Visual Arts and Design sectors. Access this tool as a handout or a poster, and see citations for data used in this tool. Special thanks to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) for the use of the central graphic in the fact sheet.