Career and Technical Education (CTE) assists each state and its workers in responding to changing workforce demands while providing students with multiple options to further their education and earn more money.

In 2019, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a workforce bill prioritizing workforce readiness and CTE, which included expanding workforce education into high schools.

The following school year, more than 30% of middle and high school students participated in CTE coursework. Today, with over 700,000 students enrolled in a CTE program at the K-12 level, and over 400,000 students enrolled in a CTE program at the postsecondary level, CTE is a major part of workforce readiness in Florida.

However, Florida lacks seamless pathways that allow students to transition their CTE credits along the state’s higher education pathways. Some local pathways and articulation agreements exist, but without a statewide, seamless pipeline, credentials earned through CTE programs may not transfer to state colleges, limiting students’ ability to transfer and earn a degree.

FCAN’s latest research brief highlights the importance of pathways that ensure students don’t lose credit for prior learning. Visit the Research and Data section of FCAN’s website to view the full research brief.


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