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1819 E. Milham Ave., Portage, MI 49002

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FACTS.

True Ratio of all Jobs in our Economy

Did you know that for every 10 jobs, one requires a master's degree, two require a bachelor's degree and seven require a one-year certificate or associate degree.  

Source: (Re)Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness in the 21st Century, Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D. July 2016.

Labor Market Demand

The nature of work has dramatically changed. In 1960, 60% of available jobs were unskilled. Then, high school students could transition directly to the workforce without additional training, into well-paying jobs. Today, 57% of all jobs require skilled training. Employers are seeking qualified workers with portable 21st Century skills, such as creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.  

Source: (Re)Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness in the 21st Century, Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D. July 2016

Statewide Career & Technical Education Enrollment Trend

Across Michigan, more students are enrolling in CTE.   

Source: MI CTE Reports, Michigan Department of Education​

County Career & Technical Education Enrollment Trend of Comparable Programs

While state enrollment in CTE is climbing, enrollment in comparable programs in the Kalamazoo RESA service area has been declining. Students cite inefficient transportation as the number-one barrier to participation.

Source: EFE Amended Spring Enrollment 14-15, 15-16, 16-17, 17-18​​

Countywide 10th-12th Grade Enrollment​

Kalamazoo County has the largest population of 10th-12th graders in the surrounding area.

Source: MiSchoolData​

Regional Career & Technical Education Enrollment Percentage of Comparable Programs 

Only 14% of 10th-12th graders in the Kalamazoo RESA service area participate in comparable CTE programs. Neighboring counties report higher participation.

Source: MiSchoolData and EFE Amended Spring Enrollment 17-18​