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Becoming an advocate is one of the most important actions you can take to secure the future of CTE. A wide variety of tools is available to assist you in your advocacy activities, keep you informed and promote ongoing support for CTE. The tools here provide step-by-step directions and examples that will help you reach out to policymakers at the local, state and federal levels, as well as your community and the media.
CTAT Advocacy Resources
Guides to Grass Roots Advocacy
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Career and Technical Education (CTE) integrates core academic skills, employability skills and technical job-specific skills and includes postsecondary and workforce partnerships enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees.
"CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. In fact, the high school graduation rate for CTE concentrators is about 90% – 15 percentage points higher than the national average." - Advance CTE
In Texas, 8 out of 10 high school students are enrolled in CTE. High school students that take two or more courses for three or more credits graduate at higher rates and perform better than their peers on state academic assessments.
The Texas Education Agency manages the Five-Year State Plan for CTE and monitors instructional quality through rigorous accountability measures. CTE is funded by state appropriation and federal grant funds from the Carl Perkins Act.