This piece from American Youth Policy Forum offers food for thought on how state leaders can make both equity and quality a focal point of CTE programs.
Modern-day Career and Technical Education (CTE) is challenging what CTE programs have historically been able to accomplish. In the last decade, the movement has undergone a renaissance, transforming from low-quality programs to programs involving innovative, real-world experiences. This shift is in part due   to changes in the US economy. Research shows there is a significant shortage of skilled workers in the US, a number that is projected to reach eight million by 2030. Moreover, in 2018 46 percent of US employers reported having difficulty filling roles.