The KSDE Newsroom released an article about CTE Month. The theme for CTE for the State of Kansas for 2023 is “CelebrateTODAY, own TOMORROW”. The article can be found at this link or by scanning the QR Code below. LINK: shorturl.at/svyL8
During the month of February Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are recognized throughout the state. At Wabaunsee High School students have a variety of opportunities to take courses within the established CTE pathways. These pathways include Visual Arts, Design & Construction, Business Education, Agriculture Science, Power & Energy, and Family & Consumer Sciences. Each pathway includes an introductory class followed by more advanced courses. Students at Wabaunsee are required to take at least four CTE classes throughout high school for graduation requirements. Funding is provided by the state for the advanced CTE courses by the state. CTE introductory courses can also be offered to eighth-graders. Wabaunsee is unable to give this option due to the distance between the schools.
CTE has been at Wabaunsee since the 1986 school year. Organizations at Wabaunsee are provided to take the skills learned in CTE courses to a higher and more competitive level. These include FBLA, FFA, FCCLA, and SkillsUSA. Current CTE teachers include Diane Breiner (FCS), Brendan Praeger (Visual Arts), Danny Davis (Ag, Power & Energy), Jeron Weisshaar (Business), Brianna Guinn (Visual Arts), Lyle Strait (Design & Construction), and Amy Cassell (Visual Arts, Design & Construction).
During February, the CTE programs at Wabaunsee are working to promote CTE and educate the public about the benefits of students taking CTE courses throughout high school. A focus of CTE is to make students college and career ready to prepare students for high-demand career fields. CTE courses give students a basis for interest in careers and hands-on resources to enter the workforce or attend a technical college or four-year university after high school. If a student takes certain CTE classes then college credit can be earned upon entering higher education.