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Dual Enrollment with CTE Focus Seen as Strategy for College Completion and Workforce Investment

Posted by Maisha Meminger - On March 11, 2014 (EST)

An increasing number of students are participating in dual enrollment courses with a career and technical education focus, a trend that research shows should serve states interested in improving college completion and workforce investment.

The Education Commission of the States  released a report highlighting research that links CTE dual enrollment courses with improved outcomes for traditionally underserved students. In some cases, students in CTE dual enrollment courses outperformed those in traditional academic dual enrollment courses.

Among the highlights of the research findings:

  • More than 80 percent of high schools have students in dual enrollment programs, according to the most recent federal data, and nearly half the schools have students in CTE dual enrollment classes.
  • That translates into more than 600,000 students in CTE dual enrollment, or an annual growth rate of more than 5 percent between 2002-03 and 2010-11. 
  • Studies show CTE dual enrollment students are more likely to graduate high school, enroll in a four-year college or university full-time and persist in higher education. Researchers in one study noted, "In many cases, male and low-income students benefited more from dual enrollment participation than their more advantaged peers."

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