By Bobby Ellis
During the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education’s annual conference in Louisville, Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced a new campaign to increase the public’s awareness about career and technical education (CTE).
As part of the campaign, called What Will You Be, Kentucky? the Department of Education is collecting stories from Kentuckians about how they chose their career and what route they took to get hired. The goal is to introduce and familiarize Kentucky students with different career opportunities made available through CTE.
“We want to begin conversations with students in middle school and beyond to get them thinking about what they want to do next,” said Lewis. “We want to show kids what’s out there and engage them further,”
Career and technical education isn’t just finding itself in the spotlight in Kentucky. In May, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it was creating a $3 million grant program aimed at helping schools create internship programs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a visit to the national SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville recently to meet students and to hear their opinions on CTE. The competition brought together students in career pathways from automotive repair to cooking and face painting.
“It’s amazing just how many different things are on display here,” said Caleb Burke, of Boston, Mass., who had come to support a family member during the competition.