Each spring across Pennsylvania, hundreds of thousands of public school students don a cap and gown and collect their high school diploma, the culmination of years of hard work during their secondary education.
Many students will begin the next chapter working toward a four-year degree, or by joining the military, and thousands of other students will have already earned higher education credits, completed a pre-apprenticeship or gained on-the-job skills before graduation, thanks to the career and technical education (CTE) path they chose in high school.
Students who attend one of the state’s career and technical education centers (CTCs) are job-ready and prepared to enter the workforce that awaits them, which, in Pennsylvania, presents numerous options across a variety of fields. Unfortunately, a lack of sustained investments in career and technical education funding, and more broadly, basic education funding, has caused limited access for students who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.
Last week, PA Partnerships for Children and the PA Schools Work Campaign released Skilled Workers Needed: Ensuring Investments in Career and Technical Education. The report makes a strong case that career and technical education is a critical part of delivering the quality education students deserve from their public schools. However, a lack of sustained investments in CTE funding, and more broadly, basic education funding, has caused limited access for students who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.
The PA Schools Work Campaign is asking for a $10 million increase in funding in this year’s budget to help alleviate the additional financial pressures faced by school districts that struggle to fund CTE programs.
To view the report, go here.