The Dual System — Why CTEF?

What is the dual system of education supported by industry for career academies with an internship/apprenticeship model? Two partners share the responsibility for education and training. The Career Academy assumes the responsibility for teaching the required curriculum content including theory and practical application. Industry provides the career academy financial support and the training necessary to familiarize the trainee with the technological and organizational aspects of the work processes within the company.


Human Capital is the most critical production factor in a knowledge-based economy. Our current U.S. educational system is incapable of producing a competitive workforce in this global market. It is apparent that industry must drive this change. The primary goal of Career Technical Education Foundation, Inc. (CTEF) is to introduce a dual education system combining theoretical and practical knowledge into Career Academies. This change will revolutionize the level of competence in our workforce and dramatically increase our competitiveness in the global economy.


Continued prosperity, social development and competitiveness of our U.S. workforce is dependent upon the need to improve the educational system in our country.


The development of a certified Career Academy Dual System training program is vital to keep students engaged in the educational process allowing them to smoothly transition into the workplace while increasing their knowledge and skill-sets:

30% of High School students do not graduate. Each drop-out is less likely to be employed, more likely to be incarcerated, more likely to be dependent on public assistance and health care, at an average lifetime cost of over $205,000 to the public sector. 88% who drop out have passing grades.

25% who begin four-year degree fail to return after the first year; 50% who begin four-year degree graduate within six years.

40% of community college freshmen and 20% in four-year institutions are placed in remedial courses at an annual nationwide cost of $1.4 billion