In an effort to produce a more talented workforce, Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday and is changing the landscape of career and technical education, or CTE.
The order was signed at Locust Trace AgriScience Farm in Lexington, and will overhaul the current system, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
The order unites the two CTE systems under the guidance of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).
Currently, local high schools can operate career and technical programs using local and state funds. Those programs report to the Kentucky Department of Education. The state also has 53 technical centers for 123 school districts that are paid for with state funds, which reports to the Department for Workforce Investment.
The purpose of CTE is to assist schools in providing students with the skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary education or work and a desire for life-long learning in a global society.
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