Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) has released the annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Impact Report. The report details CTE statistics, curriculum and credentials, workforce initiatives, and more for each of the 16 career clusters. Statewide, 173,165 students in grades 9-12 are enrolled in CTE.
“Our CTE program in Alabama is strong and continues to evolve through public-private partnerships,” said State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey. “Over the past five years, we have seen an 120 percent growth in credentials earned with 81.9 percent of students in Alabama currently enrolled in at least one CTE class. We are focused on high-wage, high demand industries in each of our career clusters – and, we will continue to expand this initiative by introducing these programs in middle school to help spark interest and better prepare students.”
CTE classes are offered in many Alabama high schools. There are also approximately 68 CTE Centers strategically positioned throughout the state in seven regional workforce councils. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, the members of the State Legislature, and Alabama’s entire business community came together to create this innovative regional workforce development concept. Throughout the United States, Alabama’s CTE efforts are highly respected.
The programs in each of Alabama’s regional workforce councils are driven by local workforce demands. Through these programs, students learn technical, personal, and workplace skills.
“We are focused on developing the real-world and long term professional skills of all K-12 students – every student prepared for a lifetime of career success,” said Assistant Superintendent for Alabama CTE and Workforce Development, Dr. Jimmy Hull. “The ALSDE CTE Impact Report provides top statistical information and highlights our efforts to equip all Alabama students with the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to have true success in America’s highly competitive workforce and professional environments.”
To learn more about the ALSDE CTE Impact Report, contact Assistant Superintendent for Alabama Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development, Dr. Jimmy Hull at jimmy.hull@ALSDE.edu.
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