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STEM & CTE Pathways
STEM education initiatives are often viewed as a separate strategy from Career Technical Education (CTE). However, high-quality CTE programs provide a strong foundation and delivery system of STEM competencies and 21st-century skills for a broader range of students. In fact, in states such as Maryland and Oklahoma, CTE does not stand for “Career Technical Education,” rather, “Career Technology Education.” While we see a clear demand for workers in STEM jobs, the STEM skills gap is more about STEM competencies among workers across the entire economy. Incorporating CTE in STEM education initiatives allows for a broader range of students to be exposed to and understand STEM. States, districts, and schools can build their STEM strategies by merging or incorporating their existing CTE programs in a comprehensive STEM plan. Together, STEM and CTE expand opportunities for students to engage in exciting discovery, technical innovation, and high-paying, high-demand careers.