Are you aware of the jobs most in demand by employers today, the ones with the greatest potential for growth and earnings? Have you decided upon your career path, and do you have a plan for preparing yourself to succeed? Are you even aware of all the options available to you? Or are you undecided, unaware and unprepared to face the future?
Did you know that career and technical education (CTE) serves the majority of high school students in Illinois annually? As the Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Illinois Fact Sheet shows, in 2010, 55 percent of Illinois high school students participated in CTE programs. Participating in Programs of Study in career and technical education can provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to make good career decisions, to develop the skills in demand by employers today and to follow a clear pathway to achieve your career goals.
Let’s take a closer look at what Programs of Study can do for you.
Are you a secondary career and technical education student who wants to do the following?
- Explore career options during high school
- Earn college credit while in high school and save the cost of tuition for these courses
- Pursue at least two years of training in high school in a technical education Program of Study that leads to a career in high demand
- Seek further education after high school in a technical occupation
What a Program of Study offers students:
- A clear pathway to follow with an individual career plan
- A solid foundation of academic and technical courses
- Exposure to high-paying careers in the workplace through job shadowing and internships
- Potential for higher earnings and lowered risk for unemployment
- More efficient use of your time
- The ability to solve problems, think critically and work well with others
- A way to earn college credit for courses completed while in high school
- The flexibility to explore various options for careers
- Information on new and emerging jobs
- Direct connection to postsecondary education or apprenticeship
To find out more about how to pursue a Program of Study, contact your school counselor or career and technical education teacher or email the Career and Technical Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org.