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Career Technical Education (CTE)

CTE Learning that works for Kansas
 

For several decades, Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been evolving. No longer offering only traditional vocational education, CTE now offers a diverse range of subjects and career fields, including a number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. In addition, the distinction between CTE and academic programs is slowly disintegrating as integrating academic content into CTE has become a national education priority.

CTE has become an indispensable lever for improving students’ college and career readiness. CTE plays a powerful role in preventing students from dropping out and provides a variety of opportunities for postsecondary success and employment, including pathways to a bachelor’s degree. CTE also can help all students achieve the objectives of the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) through authentic, applied learning experiences. In short, CTE is a crucial change agent for the success of improving outcomes for all students.

In Kansas secondary schools, 36 Career Pathways are offered, spanning across all 16 Career Clusters.

Check out the: Kansas Career Clusters & Pathways Model

Kansas CTE Vision

All Kansas students are engaged in quality career pathways to prepare them for a lifetime of opportunities as productive and responsible citizens. Kansas utilizes the National Career Cluster model. Technological advances and global competition have transformed the nature of work. Tomorrows jobs will require additional knowledge, improved skills and highly flexible workers who continually update their knowledge and skills. The goal of Kansas CTE is to provide students with relevant contexts for learning through pathways to college and career readiness. Career Clusters link what students learn in school to the knowledge and skills they need for success in post-secondary education and careers.

KSDE CTE Team Goals 2013-2018 

  • Every Pathway has a Quality Improvement Plan
  • Every Pathway has a True Statewide Articulation Agreement
  • Every Cluster/Pathway completes a standards review
  • Create a timely and relevant CTE Data system
  • Provide quality Professional Development for all CTE educators

NEW Career and Technical Education Information!

Below are links to documents and resources in the Career and Technical Education field. Click on the title to view the details.

Kansas CTE Major Responsibilities

Below are the five major reponsibilities of the Kansas State Department of Education Career and Technical Education Team. Click on the title for more information.

Assistant Director Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951
jscott@ksde.org

KSDE Secondary-Level CTE Contacts 2013-2014

Deputy Commissioner
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303
bneuenswander@ksde.org

Director
Career Standards and Assessments

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142
sesmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951
jscott@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078
jnobo@ksde.org

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