Center for American Progress,' Building a Strong Middle Class Through Career Pathways Programs, reports the United States can raise academic outcomes, lower youth unemployment, and strengthen its economy by following the leads of Germany, Singapore, and Switzerland in training their youth for in-demand jobs.

The report:

  • Provides a brief history of career and technical education in the United States
  • Presents a vision for a revamped CTE system according to a five-part framework that is based on components of high-quality systems
  • Culls lessons learned from the high-quality VET programs of Germany, Singapore, and Switzerland
  • Makes recommendations for federal and state governments, labor unions, and employers to implement high-quality CTE programs