This report by the Manufacturing Institute, SkillsUSA and Educational Research Center of America explores findings from a recent survey on perceptions of Career Technical Education (CTE). The survey found that personal industry experience — through involvement with Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs), internships, summer jobs and co-op study programs — can impact students' future career interests.
A majority of student respondents reported on the survey that the greatest influence on their future careers is their own experiences and interests. This highlights the opportunity and need for greater involvement by local companies in CTE programs at area high schools. The survey also identified the need for better communication the value of CTE to increase student involvement.