Career-Technical Education (CTE) teaches students real-world skills in fields like manufacturing, health sciences and construction, which helps them start a career after high school and/or prepares them for their field of study in college. These courses keep students engaged and often provide college credit as well. In Oregon in 2015, the graduation rate for students who took two or more CTE classes was 88 percent, compared to 74 percent for their peers with only one or no CTE classes.
Yet after two decades of deep cuts in education, there are only 600 CTE programs available for 180,000 high school students in our state – just half as many as there were ten years ago. Measure 98 allows every high school in every school district in Oregon to invest in this vital program.