CTE classes play important role in reaching vision for education in Kansas
TOPEKA — 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®.
This year’s theme is Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow! CTE month provides CTE programs an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college and career ready and prepares them for high-demand career fields.
“Career and Technical Education plays a vital role in helping all students become successful,” said Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson. “CTE is a crucial component of Kansas reaching the State Board of Education’s moon shot — Kansas leads the world in the success of each student. Please join me in celebrating CTE Month.”
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 application. Career Cluster Pathways are focused and specific areas of study leading to a particular area of industry or business.
CTE Student Organizations enhance this instruction by offering opportunities to apply what is learned in a variety of ways, interact with adults in their selected Career Pathway and address community issues through in-depth projects.
CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the nation and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education.
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