The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE) hosted a showcase of 13 different career and technical education (CTE) pathways on Feb. 7 to celebrate CTE Month.

Students from the following schools and career pathways demonstrated what they’re learning as they prepare for their future:

  • iLEAD Academy: Engineering;
  • Madison Southern High School (Madison County): Early Childhood;
  • Garrard County High School: E-Commerce;
  • Mason County High School: Culinary/Food Service;
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County): Civil Engineering;
  • Nelson County High School: Aerospace Engineering;
  • Logan County High School: Marketing;
  • Caldwell County High School: Entrepreneurship;
  • Rowan County Senior High School: Graphic Design;
  • Locust Trace Agriscience Center (Fayette County): Agribusiness
  • Jessamine County Career and Technology Center: Culinary/Food Service;
  • Breckinridge County Area Technology Center: Welding; and
  • Harrison County Area Technology Center: Business/Marketing.


girl smiling while using a flight simulatorJessie Hicks, a student at the CTE showcase checking out the Nelson County High School Aerospace Engineering program interactive simulator.

two girls holding a fake doll showing a ladyMadison Southern County High School (Madison County) students displaying their Early Childhood program. Two students, Summer Hicks and Jenna Fair are holding an infant simulator.

Three students talking to a lady and two people in the background Students from left to right: Breno Cardoso, Ethan White and Ruben Garcia from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County) showing their civil engineering projects. 

two girls fixing the plates on a table displayMason County High School (Mason County) students, Avra Boggs and Layla Crews-Taylor displaying their setup for their Culinary and food service program.

two students showing a display of their project on a computeriLEAD Academy students Edwin Rodriguez and Keydi Auxume showing their Engineering projects and their displays.

three students talking to a man about their cte programStudents from Nelson County High School: Anna Rippy, Maya Whitson and Jorja Bartley explaining their certifications earned during their studies within their CTE program.

three students talking to Julie PileJessamine County Career and Technology Center students speaking with Kentucky Board of Education member Julie Pile.

two students smilingWoodford County students Haley Brown and Cole Ethington representing and sharing their experience with HOSA Future Health Professionals.

six students smiling together Harrison County Area Technology Center students showing some of the projects they have created within their CTE courses. Pictured from right to left: Watt Graunce, JR McFarland, Jonathan Graves, Aly Tucker, Sara Schreiber and Kaydon Lewis.

two words smiling in front of their display boothTwo students, James Parson and Logan Quinn from Garrard County High School, displayed and showcased their E-Commerce projects and skills.

two people smiling in front of their horse display Locust Trace Agriscience Center (Fayette County) student Manuel Hernandez talking with people at the event about their agribusiness program. 

six students smiling togetherPictured from right to left: Camden Woford, JaKhia Copeland, Ella Beshear, Maci Tyler, Lane Morris and Donovan Eisenhauer, students from Caldwell County showing their products they have created through their Entrepreneurship course.

students smiling with their instructorBreckinridge County Area Technology Center students Elizabeth Ballman, Cole Phillips, Ethan Ford, Wyatt Tucker and Instructor Scot Bratcher displaying their Welding CTE program using virtual reality elements. 

four students smiling Students at Rowan County: Cayden Armstrong, Carly Sallaz, Kaitlyn Allen and Emily Sallaz displaying their graphic design projects they have created during their courses. 

All photos were taken by Crystal Sicard, Kentucky Department of Education, Feb. 7, 2024.