Offering a challenging and relevant education to students with disadvantaged backgrounds, Milton Hershey School has a career and technical education (CTE) program with 11 different career tracks. Milton Hershey School discussed this program when it hosted a CTE Twitter chat in February of 2018.
A career and technical education, or CTE, has the potential to improve a student’s chances of success in high school and beyond, according to a 2016 report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The report stemmed from the work of Shaun M. Dougherty of the University of Connecticut, who examined data from 100,000 students who began high school in Arkansas between 2008 and 2010.
After tracking the students through high school and a full year after graduation, Dougherty found that students who completed one CTE course in high school had a slightly higher likelihood of graduating and enrolling in college the following year. These students also had a slightly higher likelihood of employment after graduation. For students who completed a CTE concentration of three or more classes in a career-focused program, the same benefits were apparent at much higher levels.