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Career and Technical Education Month highlights achievements of CTE programs

Posted: Jan 31, 2018
Categories: KSDE
Author: Ann Bush

CTE classes play important role in reaching vision for education in Kansas

Kansas students and school staff members will join others across the United States during the month of February to celebrate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®.

The theme for CTE Month is Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow! This month provides CTE programs an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college and career ready and prepares them for high-demand career fields.

CTE in Kansas embraces the needs of business and industry through the development of the foundational knowledge and skills aligned to the Kansas workforce. 

Kansas has 16 Career Clusters for students to choose from, and there are 35 Career Cluster Pathways. A Career Cluster is a group of occupations similar in skill set and training. Career Cluster Pathways are focused and specific areas of study leading to a particular area of industry or business. These occupations fall within seven career fields in Kansas — agriculture; business; design, production and repair; family and consumer sciences; health; media and technology; and public services. Kansas schools have 2,606 pathways across these fields. 

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) enhance this instruction by offering opportunities to apply what is learned in a variety of ways, interact with adults in their selected Career Pathway, develop leadership and employability skills and address community issues through in-depth projects. 

Nationally, CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 8.4 million people seeking postsecondary certificates and associate degrees in CTE fields, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education. 

In 2017, students in Kansas enrolled in 140,000 CTE courses, and 23,000 students are in Kansas CTSOs. Kansas students earning three or more CTE credits have a 99 percent graduation rate.
 

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