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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Career-tech students work hard, learn ‘soft’ skills

“Students who take a lot of career-and-technical-education classes in high school are hard workers who are less likely than their peers to skip class,” according to an American Enterprise Institute study, reports Ed Week’s Catherine Gewertz.

Career tech-ed students tend to score lower on reading and math tests, but have stronger “noncognitive” or “soft” skills, the study found.

Graduation rates are higher for CTE concentrators. They tend to earn more in their mid-20s than classmates who took few or no career-tech courses.

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