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Graduation Rates of CTE Students According to Chow and Whitlock (2010), Georgia’s Central Educational Centers (CEC) have flourished across the state since 2000, when the state’s first charter school based on Joe Harless’s theory of human performance technology opened in Coweta County, with half of the county’s graduating seniors in 2009 participating in a CEC program. The CEC programs promote dual-credit secondary CTE classes based on local employers’ needs, encouraging students to apply their CTE credits to postsecondary pursuits. To date, Chow and Whitlock (2010) observed that the CEC programs seem to be succeeding, particularly in Coweta County, where local officials credit CEC with attracting more jobs and industries—such as Yamaha and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America—to the area, prompting officials in Baton Rouge to implement a similar model. Chow and Whitlock (2010) further noted that not only have dropout rates fallen in CEC schools, but “analysis suggests that the overall school district high school cost structure is lower, and high school student achievement higher, than other comparable communities without a CEC-type initiative” (p. 132). Texas has also experienced success with using CTE courses as a method to improve graduation rates. A recent feature in Education Week lauded the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District for reducing its secondary student dropout rate by almost 90% between 2006 and 2012 after establishing a new school that offered dual-credit CTE courses to recent dropouts. In five years, the school graduated over 1,000 students who had previously dropped out of high schools in the district, and the model has spread to other districts throughout Texas (Maxwell, 2013). Clearly, states are taking note of the potential power of CTE not only to reduce dropout rates, but crucially to boost graduation rates. Our research indicates that not only does students’

Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students  

Published in Proceedings of 2013 CREATE Conference Authors: Young Bin Lim Sean Owen Alexis Nordin

Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students  

Published in Proceedings of 2013 CREATE Conference Authors: Young Bin Lim Sean Owen Alexis Nordin