February designated as CTE Month

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MARSHALL, Texas –Marshall ISD joins other school districts around the nation in recognizing February as Career and Technical Education Month, which is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE programs and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the United States.


Career and Technical Education, or CTE, is education that directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many different fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality and management along with many more. CTE encompasses different types of education, from classroom learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Marshall ISD’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are dedicated to preparing young people to manage the dual roles of family member and wage earner. Career and technical programs enable students to gain entry-level employment in a high-skill, high-wage job and/or to continue their education.

Marshall ISD offers career and technical education programs in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Arts-A/V Technology and Communications, Business Management and Administration, Education and Training, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Law-Public Safety-Correction and Security and Transportation-Distribution and Logistics. Admission to these programs is based on Marshall High School standards.

Did you know that CTE:
  • Encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 12 million postsecondary students nationwide
  • Includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more
  • Educates students for a range of career options through 16 “career clusters” and 79-plus “pathways”
  • Integrates with academics in rigorous and relevant curriculum
  • Features high school and postsecondary partnerships, enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees
  • Fulfills employer needs in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand areas
  • Prepares students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical, job-specific skills
  • High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates
  • 81 percent of dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school
  • The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent
  • More than 70 percent of secondary CTE concentrators pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school

*Statistics and information provided by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

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