Wabaunsee Celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

Students and faculty at Wabaunsee High School will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.  CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college- and career- ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. February 7 to 10th we will draw two CTE students’ names to win a gift card donated by Stockgrowers State Bank or Stop-2-Shop.

 CTE encompasses 96 percent of our students.

At Wabaunsee High School CTE programs include: Industrial Arts taught by Lyle Strait, Business taught by Jeron Weisshaar, Agriculture taught by Danny Davis, the Visual Arts taught by Amy Cassell, Brendan Praeger, and Brianna Guinn, and the Family and Consumer Sciences taught by Diane Breiner.

Below is an article posted by KSDE about CTE: (

Nearly 76,000 Kansas students enrolled in Career and Technical Education courses during the 2020-2021 school year. CTE plays a powerful role in preventing students from dropping out of school and provides a wide variety of opportunities for postsecondary success and employment.

February is Career and Technical Education Month®, which celebrates the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across Kansas and the nation.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a proclamation designating February as Career and Technical Education Month in Kansas.

Students who are involved in CTE have a higher graduation rate and see higher earnings, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

The theme for CTE Month is Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!  This month provides CTE programs an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college and career ready and prepares them for high-demand career fields.

CTE in Kansas embraces the needs of business and industry through the development of the foundational knowledge and skills aligned to the Kansas workforce.

The vision for Kansas education is to lead the world in the success of each student. CTE classes play an important role in helping the state meet that goal by making sure students are prepared for postsecondary success – whether that be entering the workforce, obtaining an industry-recognized certificate or attending a two-year or four-year college.

Kansas has 16 Career Clusters for students to choose from, and there are 37 Career Cluster Pathways.

A Career Cluster is a group of occupations similar in skill set and training. Career Cluster Pathways are focused and specific areas of study leading to a particular area of industry or business. These occupations fall within seven career fields in Kansas - agriculture; business; family and consumer sciences; public services; media and technology; health; and design, production and repair.

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) enhance this instruction by offering opportunities to apply what is learned in a variety of ways, interact with adults in their selected Career Pathway, develop leadership and employability skills and address community issues through in-depth projects. There are 21,351 students in Kansas CTSOs.

Nationally, CTE encompasses 92 percent of high school students and 8.4 million people seeking postsecondary certificates and associate degrees in CTE fields, according to ACTE.

For more information about ACTE, visit

For more information about CTE in Kansas, visit