The conventional wisdom of going to college

It’s time to stop overlooking career technical education. Well-paying, in-demand jobs await CTE students.  Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest privately held staffing firm, recently released a new white paper exploring the benefits of Career Technical Education (CTE) and challenging the conventional wisdom that a four-year college is the best post-secondary education option in today’s economy.

Entitled “Caution: College May Not Be For Everyone,” this white paper takes an in-depth look at CTE, formerly known as vocational education, and its comparative benefits over a traditional bachelor’s degree. Express believes CTE does not get the attention it deserves in America, and parents, students, and guidance counselors are often unaware of four basic facts:

1. CTE-trained workers are in demand.

2. CTE can lead to high-paying jobs.

3. CTE is affordable.

4. CTE keeps America competitive.

The white paper explores each of these topics, offering real-world examples, eye-opening statistics, and recommendations for parents and students, schools and policymakers.

Download the white paper: Caution: College May Not Be For Everyone

“A stable career doesn’t always require a four-year degree. Career Technical Education can deliver what so many Americans want – a promising career at an affordable price,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. “I see who’s getting hired in the modern economy, and it’s clear career tech can lead to not only a job, but also a successful career. It baffles me that more people aren’t seizing the opportunity.”

“America has to wake up: as a country we are falling behind the rest of the world in CTE. That has serious implications for our economic health and competitiveness. This is a conversation we must have, and it can’t wait any longer.”

For more information about the state of employment – and unemployment – in America today, visit

Refresh Leadership is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals. And by WOTV expert Janis Petrini.

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