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The Need for Tech Prep

  • There will be 20,000 new job titles in the U.S. by the year 2000. America is creating more high-skill jobs, but turning out more low-skill labor.

  • In Texas alone, 89% of the jobs available require additional training and education after high school.

  • Only 11% of projected new jobs in Texas will require no more than a high school diploma. Only 4 out of every 100 new jobs can be filled by people with minimal skill levels.

  • In Texas alone, 89% of the jobs available require additional training and education after high school. One out of four Texans does not complete high school.

  • Schools with strong Tech Prep programs report decreasing dropout rates and improved scores on achievement tests.

  • Only 1 out of every 4 high school graduates enrolls in a four-year university; only 50% of students who elect to pursue a bachelor's degree earn one within 10 years.

  • Community, technical, and junior colleges are now the fastest-growing and largest single segment of American higher education. However, American business is reporting a serious shortage of associate-degree graduates to meet the growing demands of employers.

  • Big business locates near high-tech labor pools.

  • Texas' continued economic health requires graduates who are "work-ready." To be work-ready requires a different kind of preparation than that offered to students in traditional classrooms.

* Sources: US Dept. of Labor; Texas Workforce Commission; Center for Occupational Research & Development.

 

 
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