Transportation Education

Published: 10/5/2016 11:32 AM

Overview of Transportation Education


The vision of Kentucky Transportation Education is to promote safety standards and performance standards, enhance leadership, provide relevant curriculum, and to be vital to the education of all students.  Kentucky Transportation Education will:

  • Operate as the center for nationally recognized industry standard training.
  • Promote a critical link in school to employment or postsecondary education.
  • Develop stronger relationships with the community in terms of mutual advocacy, cooperative field experiences, employment placement, and support for relevant student organizations and competitions.
  • Represent an important component in the education of all students.
  • Require and promote critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Offer an up to date curriculum based on standards that adapts to changes in the industry.
  • Integrate academic skills into the Transportation Education Curriculum in order to  insure that students develop written and verbal communications skills, computational skills, and scientific/math problem-solving skills.


​Standard Based Curriculum

The curriculum is composed of industry standards based competencies/tasks.  Therefore, the teaching/learning focus is on the final results rather than the process.

Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards

The Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards are the performance specifications that identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities an individual needs to succeed in the workplace.  Identifying the necessary skills is critical to preparing students for entry into employment or postsecondary education.  These standards described the necessary occupational, academic, and employability skills needed to enter the workforce or postsecondary education in specific career areas.  There is an ongoing effort to continue to refine these standards by which exemplary Transportation Education Programs are evaluated and certified.  This helps insure that curriculum meets industry specifications.

Work Based Learning

Cooperative experience, internships, shadowing and mentoring opportunities provide depth and breadth of learning in the instructional program and allow students to apply the concepts learned in the classroom. 

The Work Based Learning Manual

Student Organizations and Competitions

Participation in SkillsUSA provides a vehicle for students to employ higher order thinking skills, to interact with high-level industry people and to further enhance their leadership skill through their participation in regional, state, and national competitive events and local activities.

Todd Nickens
Office of Career and Technical Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4286
Fax (502) 564-4800