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About CTE
What is CTE?:
PATHS is greater Portland’s career and technical education (CTE) high school. Maine’s CTE schools are centers for hands-on, technical education and career-focused programs. Today's CTE programs (previously known as vocational) prepare students for a wide range of high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE includes applied learning that provides opportunities to gain technical skills competency, an industry-recognized third party credential as well as advanced college credits.

Why CTE?:
Data shows that:
High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.
Postsecondary CTE fosters postsecondary completion and prepares students and adults for in-demand careers.
Investing in CTE yields big returns for state economies.
CTE addresses the needs of high-growth industries and helps close the skills gap.

Resources on CTE:
Visit the Association for Career & Technical Education website
Check out this video on CTE101
Check out this article on why CTE doesn't preclude college
Check out this article on high-paying trade jobs sitting empty while grads line up for university
Check out this article on why honors students want to skip college and go to trade school
Check out this article on ending the brainwashing of kids that it's a college degree or nothing