Career and Technical Education Course Taking Patterns of High School Graduates: Exploring the Participation in the Most Frequent Sets of Occupational Areas

Publication November 2011

We analyze the sets of occupational areas that are more frequently explored by CTE “experimenter” students in order to understand whether those patterns provide them a more meaningful way of articulating skills that better respond to their interests and objectives. In conducting these analyses, we define CTE “experimenter” students as those taking three or more CTE credits but yet not meeting the standard Perkins requirement of focusing on at least three credits in one occupational area. In this descriptive study, we analyzed these patterns and relate them to their postsecondary enrollment in 2-year colleges. For this study, we analyze data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002.

Aliaga, O. A., Kotamraju, P., & Dickinson, E. R. (2011, November). Career and technical education course-taking patterns of high school graduates: Exploring the participation in the most frequent sets of occupational areas. Presentation made at the annual meeting of the Association for Career and Technical Education Research, St. Louis, MO.

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