Almost three out of every four students at Lower Cape May Regional High School took a Career and Technical Education course during the last school year, one of the highest participation rates in the state.
The Cape May County high school is in front of a growing trend among traditional comprehensive high schools to offer students the opportunity to explore careers while in high school.
Statewide, 79,000 students, or about 20 percent of all high school students, participated in CTE programs during the 2013-14 school year. And, of 909 approved programs, 427 were held in traditional comprehensive high schools. The rest were held at county vocational high schools.
The trend was highlighted in this year’s School Performance Reports, compiled by the state Department of Education, which showed for the first time the percentage of students in each high school who are taking CTE courses.
Judy Savage, executive director of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational Schools, said it is a positive trend that comprehensive high schools are increasingly seeing the benefits of CTE programs.
“They are recognizing that students can benefit from being introduced to a career focus in high school,” she said.