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Policy Analysis | November 2021

Select State Policies Governing Dual and Concurrent Enrollment for Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Cody Allen

Since 2008, states in the South have enacted nearly 400 pieces of legislation governing some component of dual or concurrent enrollment opportunities for students. However, in recent years, a renewed focus has been placed on preparing students to join high-skilled jobs in in-demand fields that often require significant career and technical education (CTE). In the United States, post-secondary enrollment in CTE is significantly less than that of students enrolled in more traditional higher education. Policymakers may increase this figure by introducing students to CTE pathways at an early age via dual or concurrent enrollment policies. Typically, dual or concurrent enrollment policies vary among states - and even local education authorities (LEAs), as some states allow for LEAs to opt-in or out of such post-secondary agreements. Some enact a statewide policy or leave the frameworks of such matters to local governments and LEAs or post-secondary institutions. However, every state in the region includes some level of CTE coursework available to students as part of its dual or concurrent enrollment program. This CSG South Policy Analysis examines select state policies and legislation allowing students to pursue dual or concurrent enrollment career and technical education opportunities.