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Business & Industry / Advisory Committee

To maintain Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that meet current occupational needs, CTE educators rely heavily on advice from business and industry. An important step in establishing, maintaining, or up-grading an existing CTE cluster/pathway is the organization of a local Advisory Committee.

Advisory Committee

An Advisory Committee is a group of persons outside the education profession, comprised of representative lay-people, recognized and respected in their own fields of work who advise CTE educators, administrators, and local board of education members regarding clusters/pathways, based on the employment needs of the community, state, regional, national, and international marketplace.

The general functions are to act in an advisory capacity for the development and operation of the CTE cluster/pathway.

An Advisory Committee can assist in answering …

  • Are students being prepared for the future job market?
  • What should the training include?
  • Is curriculum addressing industry needs?
  • How can instructors verify competencies to industry standards?
  • What industry validated credentials (includes certificates or licenses) are available within the cluster/pathway?

Advisory Committees offer many services:

  • They assist with the cluster/pathway development.
  • They provide advice that is not easily obtainable elsewhere.
  • They assist in public relations activities.
  • They offer different points of view.
  • They can actively aid in the placement of graduates.
  • They assist in keeping educational programs up-to-date.
  • They assist in transition to post secondary education and training.
  • They can offer training sites for internships or “live” work for In-House Training (IHT).

2020 Advisory Committee Guidance Handbook (PDF)
Creating a Quality Pathway Rubric II (PDF)

Kansas Advisory Committee for Career & Technical Education (KACCTE)

The purpose of the Kansas Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education (KACCTE) is to provide business and industry a unified voice to advocate and provide recommendations for continuous improvement for Career and Technical Education to, including but not limited to, the Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority, the State Workforce Board and the Kansas Board of Regents. 


KACCTE Resource Documents

Career and Technical Education Wage & Employment Data

For current Wage & Employment data based on the 2012 – 2022 Kansas Occupational Outlook Study and the 2015 – 2016 National Employment Occupational Outlook Handbook, please go to 16 Career Clusters. You can then select the career cluster area you wish to see data.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Natalie D. Clark
Assistant Director
(785) 296-4351

KSDE Secondary-Level CTE Contacts

Deputy Commissioner:
Division of Learning Services

Dr. Ben Proctor
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Beth Fultz
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director: 
Curricular Standards

Dr. David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director: 

Julie Ewing
(785) 296-2325

Assistant Director: 
Kansas Volunteer Commission

Dr. Jessica Dorsey
(785) 296-3163

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