USHE institutions provide over 74% of career and technical education in Utah

Each year, the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) produces an annual report on Career and Technical Education. Career and Technical Education (CTE) can be defined as organized educational programs offering sequences of courses directly related to preparing individuals for paid or unpaid employment in current or emerging occupations requiring other than a baccalaureate or advanced degree.

Highlights of the 2018 report

  • USHE institutions provided the equivalent of approximately 12.2 million membership hours in CTE instruction.
  • USHE institutions awarded 5,812 CTE certificates and two-year degrees and enrolled nearly 62,000 CTE participants.
  • CTE graduates are expected to produce over $1.8 billion of added personal income and over $258 million of added income to the state over someone with a high school diploma.
  • Over 18,000 high school students took CTE courses in high school through concurrent enrollment.
  • Among state-funded institutions, USHE institutions provided over 74% of the adult post-secondary CTE instruction in the state.
  • Over the last few years, USHE institutions have developed over 110 new CTE certificate programs, most of which stack to longer programs that provide opportunities for students to advance their education to higher degrees and programs.
  • Based on information extracted from Utah’s Department of Workforce Services, the job placement rate of USHE’s CTE graduates was 91%, not counting those in the military, self-employed, and those employed out-of-state.
  • Total cost of instruction per CTE membership hour equivalent was $11.47.



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