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Career and Technical Education (CTE)

 KSDE CTE Vision, Purpose, and Goals

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.

Kansas utilizes the National Career Clusters® Framework. 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. Career Clusters link what students learn in school to the knowledge and skills they need for success in post-secondary education and careers.  In Kansas secondary schools, 36 Career Pathways are offered, spanning across all 16 Career Clusters.  For specific illustration check out theKansas Career Clusters & Pathways Model (PDF)

KSDE – CTE is a collaborative state partner in the Career Pathways Assessment System™ (cPass®)The goal of cPass is to offer a way to measure high school students' readiness for postsecondary education or entry into the workforce.  Rather than focusing on academic skills alone, cPass also measures the knowledge and skills needed for specific career pathways.


CTE Fact Sheets

The following are Kansas State Department of Education fact sheets for secondary Career and Technical Education in Kansas. These documents provide a brief overview of facts related to the listed topic. Click on a title to access the file.

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. Items will be available in this section for four months. Please download or bookmark the link for future references.

Assistant Director Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951

KSDE Secondary-Level CTE Contacts

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

Career, Standards and Assessment Services Upcoming Events

2015 Ag/FCS Regional Workshops
August 18 in Pomona
September 30 in Centralia
October 1 in Chapman
October 7 in Ft. Scott
October 8 in Newton
October 14 in Coldwater
October 15 in Wakeeney

66th Annual Counseling Conference
November 5 in Emporia

Kansas HOSA
October 2 in Topeka

STEM and FCS Connections CTE Workshop
October 5 in Wichita

2015 FCS Innovative Summit
October 5-6

SkillsUSA Kansas Fall Leadership Conference
October 13-14 in Augusta

2015 KSDE Annual Conference
October 26-28 in Wichita

66th Annual Counseling Conference
November 5 in Emporia

SEAC December 2015
December 2-3 in Hesston

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