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Career and Technical Education's Role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

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"During the last decade, thousands of new cutting-edge STEM-intensive career and technical education (CTE) programs have been launched or expanded in schools across the nation. CTE programs integrate high-level academics and technology into the curriculum, and the programs offer students a deeper understanding of STEM career pathways, facilitate student transitions between secondary and postsecondary education and careers, and help encourage more students from underrepresented populations to enter STEM fields. The Association for Career and Technical Education's (ACTE) new issue brief, "Career and Technical Education's Role in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math," explores the role CTE programs and initiatives play in addressing the STEM challenge and securing America's leadership in innovation. It describes how career and technical education (CTE) can help to meet the critical need of developing a skilled, professional STEM workforce to secure America's economic future. CTE courses and programs strengthen students' understanding of STEM content and attract students to STEM careers. Founded in 1926, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers."

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