Career and Technical Education

Published: 9/27/2016 7:45 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.

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.  Students must take three (Applied Math, Locating Information and Reading for Information) WorkKeys tests and receive a silver level or higher on all three to meet the benchmark set for WorkKeys
  • Career and Technical Education Interdisciplinary Courses

    The high school graduation requirements, which became effective with the graduating class of 2002 allow for interdisciplinary courses to substitute for specific academic courses required for graduation.
  • 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.  CTSOs provide a unique program of career and leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for middle/junior high and secondary students enrolled in career and technical programs.  Appropriate CTSOs are to be provided as indicated by KRS151B.025 section 9 and Kentucky Board of Education Goal 3.5. 
  • 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 Read

    Unite to Read, a statewide literacy project designed by members of Kentucky's Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs), was implemented in schools across the state in the 2004-05 school year.

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

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