Assessing the Alignment between West Virginia’s High School Career and Technical Education Programs and the Labor Market
This study from Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia examined the alignment of West Virginia's high school career and technical education (CTE) programs to the regional labor market. The study focused on high-demand occupations in each region of West Virginia that required more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree and were projected to have the largest number of employment openings over 10 years. Results showed that 93 percent of these projected employment openings were served by at least one aligned CTE program in the same region. The study also found that 53 percent of the state’s CTE programs aligned to at least one of these high-demand occupations in their region.