Career Technical Education begins in Middle School

In an increasingly competitive job market, students across the country are gaining the opportunity to start preparing for their careers as early as middle school with Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.  

At North Bend Middle School in Oregon, dozens of eighth-graders spent their most recent school year participating in introductory CTE courses, with topics ranging from construction to graphic arts to technology. These classes are modified to fit the middle school students’ needs. Like the high school CTE program, the courses focus on hands-on, project-based learning. 

Educators who offer middle school CTE programs believe that students who participate early are more likely to continue their career training in high school. According to a recent article in Education Week, students who concentrate on CTE have a graduation rate of 90 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average. 

EdGate recently updated the CTE map on our website. We will continue to stay on top of these CTE programs as they grow more popular and continue to improve. 

By: Tamara Haskett