CTE classes can provide opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials and college credit while still in high school. Examples of industry-based certifications include: CNA- Certified Nurse Assistant, Microsoft Office Specialist, Food Handler, and OSHA 10 Hour Safety.
Research on CTE
Education Week article on the importance of exposing students at a young age to career opportunities helps them to see their own career path later. Students need exposure to see possibilities beyond their circle of friends and limited opportunities. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/01/22/students-dream-jobs-out-of-sync-with.html