Month highlights achievements of CTE programs
Nearly 150,000 Kansas students take part in programs each year
Students and staff members at Newton High School will join others across Kansas and the United States during the month of February to celebrate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®.
This year’s theme is “Opportunities for Career Success!” 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.
“As we move forward to accomplish the State Board of Education’s vision to lead the world in the success of each student, students, now more than ever, need career and technical education courses to assist them in preparation for life after high school,” said Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson. “I join the rest of Kansas in celebrating Career and Technical Education Month and the vital role that CTE has in helping all students become successful.”
CTE in Kansas embraces the needs of business and industry through the development of the foundational knowledge and skills aligned to the Kansas workforce.
"Newton High School has a strong history of supporting career and technical education programs ,” said Melinda Rangel, Director of Career and Technical Education at NHS. “Currently we offer 17 career pathways that lead students from introductory to advanced skills to prepare them for today’s workforce. These range from technical, hands-on skills to soft skills such as leadership, work ethics and communication. NHS partners with many businesses and industries who provide professional learning experiences in the form of one-day career shadows and internships that extend the learning outside the classroom. Many of our students graduate with scholarships, industry certifications and multiple college credit hours earned through dual credit classes."
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.
There are nearly 150,000 Kansas CTE students (in grades eighth through 12th) taught by 3,232 CTE teachers, according to Kansas State Department of Education records. 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.