Online Report: Eight-Year Postsecondary Outcomes of Career and Technical Education Students from the High School Class of 2004
This report examines the labor market outcomes of high school career and technical education (CTE) students. Using nationally representative data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), the report analyzes a recent cohort of high school graduates (the class of 2004) as of 2012, eight years after they had completed high school. For select measures, the report also compares the labor market outcomes of the class of 2004 to those from the class of 1992 using data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88).
Characteristics of High School CTE Students
For the purposes of this report, high school CTE students are divided into four groups based on the number of occupational credits they earn during high school.
Earned less than one occupational CTE credit
Earned one to two occupational CTE credits in one or more fields
Earned three or more occupational CTE credits, but no three credits in any single occupational CTE field
Earned three or more occupational CTE credits in at least one occupational CTE field
of students from the high school class of 2004 concentrated in one or more CTE fields of study.
earned at least three CTE credits but did not concentrate in a single area.
A lower percentage of CTE concentrators earned a bachelor's degree or higher
within eight years of completing high school than nonparticipants.
CTE concentrators were more likely to have completed
only a high school education than nonparticipants.