Ben has a winning personality, a B average, and one semester of homeschooling to go. What Ben doesn’t have is a plan for after high school graduation. After talking to his parents about his interests and goals, he adds a CTE elective to his course work. The course puts him on a path to a profession that he will both excel at and enjoy, web programming.

Career and technical education (CTE) courses teach students like Ben 21st century job skills that students can channel directly into a career. CTE consists of a broad range of high school electives that instill the technical skills, academic knowledge, and training that are needed in today’s work force.

Research reveals that employers are struggling to find qualified job applicants. According to the ManpowerGroup’s sixth annual Talent Shortage Survey, 52 percent of employers in the U.S. are finding it difficult to fill job openings due to a lack of available talent in fields such as accounting, engineering, IT, management, and teaching.

CTE courses show students a direct connection between doing well in high school and transitioning smoothly to college or getting a good job after graduation. In addition to teaching marketable skills, CTE can help all high school students identify their talents and ease the decision of declaring a college major.

These courses are useful to any high school student in any academic setting, be it a public school classroom or homeschool. Alpha Omega Publications recognizes the need for high school students to have access to the courses and skills that can be directly applied to obtaining and keeping jobs.

AOP has introduced three CTE electives for Switched-On Schoolhouse:

SOS Office Applications 1: Microsoft® Word®, PowerPoint®, and Publisher®
SOS Office Applications II: Microsoft® Excel® and Access®
SOS Small Business Entrepreneurship

Monarch users can also pre-order Small Business Entrepreneurship, which is coming this summer.

Like all Switched-On and Monarch courses, the new CTE electives from Alpha Omega Publications offer dynamic learning activities, automatic grading for teachers, and technical support.

Will you incorporate career and technical education into your homeschool? Why or why not?