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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)

 

 

 

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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.
 TitleCategoryModified DateCreated DateDescription
Kansas CTE Scholar OverviewPDF9/16/20219/16/2021 
2022-2023 Pathway ChangesPDF8/25/20218/25/2021Summary of Pathway changes for 2022-2023
2021 K-ACTE Summer Conference CTE Coordinator PresentationPDF8/9/20218/9/2021Kansas Association of Career and Technical Education (July 2021)
Important Dates (School Year 2021-2022)PDF7/26/20217/26/2021This is a list of important dates for Career and Technical Education Coordinators, Administrators, and Educators.
Creating a Quality Pathway Rubric IIPDF12/1/202012/1/2020 
2020 Advisory Committee Guidance HandbookPDF9/15/20209/15/2020An information guidebook developed to assist Local Education Agencies comply with Cluster/Pathway approval.
2019-20 Kansas CTSO MembershipsLink7/24/20207/24/2020Total membership count for each state organization
Kansas CTE FAQPDF4/22/20204/22/2020March 2020

COVID-19 Resources for CTE

 TitleCategoryDescription
ACTE Distance Learning ResourcesLinkDistance learning guidance for CTE instructors.
COVID-19s Impact on CTE: Defining the Challenge and the OpportunityLinkJune 2020. Addresses the challenges and opportunities in teaching CTE during current pandemic conditions.
High-quality CTE: Planning for a COVID-19-Impacted School YearLinkJune 2020. This resource is for implementing CTE during current pandemic conditions.

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-4351
slsmith@ksde.org

KSDE Secondary-Level CTE Contacts

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303
bneuenswander@ksde.org

Director
Career, Standards and Assessment

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

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979
slsmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447
dfernkopf@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Assessment
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325
bfultz@ksde.org

Career, Standards and Assessment Services Upcoming Events

District & Building Test Coordinators Regional Trainings
September 9 in Girard
September 16 in Oakley
September 22 in Lawrence
October 5 in Sublette
October 6 in Clearwater
October 13 in Salina
October 14 in Hutchinson

2021 SEAC - September
September 22-23 in Hesston

New and Nearly New FCCLA Adviser Virtual Workshop
September 29

KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference
November 15-18

2021 SEAC - December
December 1-2 in Hesston

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