This report analyzes the effect of vocational education on high school students’ academic effort and graduation rates. International cross-section data showed that nations (e.g. graduation rates from upper secondary school in Europe, Australia and North America and the correlation with enrollment in career-tech programs) that enroll a large portion of high school students in vocational programs have higher attendance rates and high school completion rates. In addition, longitudinal data showed 12% in extra earnings a year after graduation and 8% extra seven years after graduation for those that spent 1/6 of their coursework on occupation-specific vocational coursework.
The Impacts of Career-Technical Education on High School Completion and Labor Market Success
Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies