Students from nearly three dozen career and technical education (CTE) programs across Kentucky got a chance to demonstrate their learning in Frankfort. Tables lined the mezzanine level of the Capitol with exhibitions of CTE programs, including:
- Agribusiness at Locust Trace AgriScience Center,
- Education at Tates Creek High School, and
- Engineering at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
“Students at Locust Trace completing the Agribusiness: Equine Studies Program learn about the equine industry by developing marketing materials, designing equine facilities, and talking with local experts by touring farms. Our students also master horsemanship skills, including caring for horses in paddocks and stalls, bandaging, feeding, and grooming,” said Principal Catherine Vannatter. “The display showcased all of these skills to advocate for continuing financial support for a career pathway that prepares students to lead one of Kentucky’s booming agriculture fields.”
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has celebrated the benefits of CTE as part of Career and Technical Education Month. Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass said the approach to CTE is transforming how we create a qualified workforce in Kentucky. “CTE is a valued and vital part of education in our schools,” he said.
Tates Creek teacher Amanda Sewell said students in their Teaching & Learning Pathway also spent part of the day on Feb. 21 meeting with legislators and advocating for public schools and the teaching profession.
KDE invited the CTE students to share their presentations again on Feb. 24 in Louisville during the Kentucky School Board Association’s annual conference.
"They were able to demonstrate projects they have worked on in class and explain how pathways work at the high school level to prepare them for the future," said Dunbar engineering teacher Amanda Boggs.
Posted Feb. 24, 2023