Career and Technical Education

Published: 1/27/2017 8:54 AM

Mission: The mission of Career and Technical Education is to assist schools in providing students with skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary education or work and a desire for life-long learning in a global society.

Purpose: Career and Technical Education is an essential component of the high school curriculum. For many students, it represents as much as a third of their high school experience. It is a critical component in meeting the needs of students in academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation, and leadership development. Successful transition to postsecondary education, work, or the military is one of the goals of Kentucky's educational system. The percentage of students making successful transition is a component of the high school accountability index.


Upcoming Webinars from OCTE
·     New Skills for Youth Initiative - January 26th 9:00 AM
·       Perkins Updates - February 23rd 1:00 PM
·       KACTE Summer Program - March 23rd 10:00 AM
·       Occupation-Based Teacher Certification and New Teacher Induction - April 20th 1:00 PM
·       Regulatory and Policy Updates - May 25th 10:00 AM
·       TRACK and Apprenticeships - June 22nd 10:00 AM
 To Participate, please go to:

Kentucky Office of Career and Technical Education
The Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE) has been merged into the Kentucky Department of Education.  For more information on the OCTE and the CTE programs in OCTE, please click the link above.

KSIS-KTS Data Exchange (Infinite Campus)

The Kentucky Tech System (KTS) data exchange is a secure transfer of student enrollments between the student's high school and technical center.  The data exchange streamlines processes, eliminates the need for email and paper reports, and minimizes dual data entry.  Participating technical schools can fully utilize both KSIS and the Continuous Instructional Improvement Technical System (CIITS) in their classrooms.

ACT WorkKeys

ACT WorkKeys was chosen to be one of two measures that can be given to students to meet the career ready academic portion of college and career readiness.

Career and Technical Education Professional Organizations

State and national professional organizations relating to career and technical education.

Career and Technical Education Student Organizations

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are recognized as integral to the career and technical education program.

Perkins Accountability

Career and Technical Education in Kentucky is responsible for meeting the performance measures outlined in the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act in order to receive federal funding.

Unite to Serve

“Unite to Serve” is a statewide project designed by Kentucky’s Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) for implementation during the 2015-2016 school year. The overall goal is to have all Career and Technical Student Organizations within a school work together to serve their school or community.

CTE Newsletters​
The latest news form around the state can be found in the Kentucky CTE newsletters.

Kentucky CTE News
Read the most current CTE News and happenings on the Kentucky CTE News Page

Career Clusters Poster
Kentucky has adopted the 16 national career clusters.  The clusters are each represented in this poster.

SREB - KY Final Report

SREB Report with Updated Appendices​

KY CTE Funding Analysis

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