The most recent information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics has unemployment in the Pittsburgh region at 4.1 percent—the lowest unemployment in a decade. While job prospects are looking good for many, graduates of career and technical education (CTE) programs are in especially high demand.
CTE institutions, sometimes known as career or vocational training centers or career-focused colleges, offer students both academic and hands-on technical training in a variety of fields and industries. Nationally, over 12 million students are enrolled in CTE programs at both the high school and post-secondary levels. Locally, CTE high schools and colleges have much to offer 21st century learners.
A.W. Beattie Career Center in Allison Park accepts high school students in grades 10-12. Hanna Gibson, a 2017 graduate of both Hampton High School and A.W. Beattie Career Center, studied Carpentry/Building Construction in addition to her core high school curriculum. Now enrolled at Pennsylvania College of Technology in a four-year degree program for residential construction management, Gibson said the technical training she received at Beattie has been instrumental to her success in college.
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