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Career and Technical Education

Welcome to the Career and Technical Education Department. Career and Technical Education blog


What Is Career & Technical Education (CTE)? | AES

Colorado CTE Information:

Fast Facts: 

  • The CTE concentrator graduation rate in Colorado is 85 percent—6 percentage points higher than the state's adjusted cohort graduation rate. 
  • 98 percent of CTE concentrators in Colorado go on to postsecondary education or advanced training, military service or employment within six months of leaving high school. 
  • At the postsecondary level, 64 percent of CTE concentrators earn a credential, certificate or diploma, and 98 percent are placed in employment, military service or apprenticeship programs within six months.
  • In 2017, 34,119 associate degrees and certificates were awarded in Colorado—38 percent of all degrees and certificates awarded in the state.

Labor Market Snapshot: 

  • In Colorado, 42 percent of "good jobs"—which have median annual earnings of $55,000 and pay no less than $35,000 for adults under age 45—are held by workers without a Bachelor's degree.
  • The top five industries for good jobs that don't require a Bachelor's degree are:
    • Construction
    • Information, financial activities and real estate
    • Retail trade
    • Manufacturing
    • Health services
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