Gov. Matthew G. Bevin signed a proclamation declaring February as CTE Month in Kentucky in a ceremony in his office on Feb. 13.
In addition to the signing of the proclamation, the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education (KACTE) – a professional association of CTE teachers and administrators – organized CTSO Student Leadership Day in Frankfort on Feb. 13. About 400 Career and Technical Education Student Organizations (CTSO) students from more than 20 high schools participated in a citizenship activity at Frankfort High School and visited the State Capitol for tours and to meet with their state representative and senator.
More than 131,000 students are enrolled in CTE courses in Kentucky high schools, local career technology centers and state-run area technology centers. More than 40,000 students are enrolled in CTE coursework in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
CTSOs active in Kentucky are DECA for marketing education students; FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America); FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America); FFA for agriculture students; HOSA for future health professionals; SkillsUSA for industrial, technical, constriction and transportation students; TSA (Technology Students Association); and Educators Rising.
Many career pathways are available within the various CTE teaching disciplines of agriculture, business, construction, engineering and technology, family and consumer sciences, health sciences, information technology, marketing, manufacturing, media arts, and transportation.