Programs Starting 2018-19

CTEC Business Development & Leadership
CTEC Law Enforcement

Increasing the Graduation Rate,
Decreasing Costs of Oregon Dropouts

The Foundation for Educational Choice and the Cascade Policy Institute concluded that dropouts reduce Oregon’s tax revenue by $173 million per year, have higher Medicaid costs by nearly $219 million per year, and the cost of incarceration (2008) was $48.9 million, for a total of approximately $440 million. There is no doubt that the best outcome for every Oregon student is to achieve a diploma and Oregon CTE supports this with a 97% graduation rate.

CTE Works for High School Students

High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.

  • 81 percent of dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school.
  • The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent.
  • More than 70 percent of secondary CTE concentrators pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school.