Questions to Ask about Your Local CTE Program

As you look at the course offerings, ask some of the following questions:

1) Are employers hiring graduates with the skills taught in the courses.  If not, why is the course still offered?  Compare the class subject to both the US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook which gives the number of jobs, outlook, and median pay for each occupation.  In addition, look at the wanted adds for job listings in your area.

US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

CareerBuilder Job Listings

Monster Jobs

2) Does the course result in an industry-recognized certification?

Center on Education and the Workforce Study on Certificates

3) Are courses arranged in to a program of study so that students can build from foundation competency to more advanced level?  Is there any integration with local community colleges such as dual enrollment?

Definition of Programs of Study

4) Internships and mentorships can contribute to vital soft skills.  Are they part of the the course or curriculum?

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