Racial and Ethnic Equity Gaps in Postsecondary Career and Technical Education

Brief

Racial and Ethnic Equity Gaps in Postsecondary Career and Technical Education

Considerations for Online Learning

Abstract

High-quality career and technical education programs offered by community and technical colleges can offer students a path to well-paying careers. Many of these programs shifted online because of the coronavirus pandemic, and many will remain online. Structural racism and other systemic inequalities can limit access to and success in online career and technical education programs for students of color, especially Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students. This brief describes equity gaps for students of color in CTE programs and offers a framework for improving outcomes at the course, program, and institutional levels. Infusing equity consciousness, disaggregating and examining data, and considering student technology access and instructor preparation to promote success in online learning are some important strategies for creating better opportunities for success.

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