Sterling Reacts to Career Pathways Changes
Hutch News Project
BY: EMILY DIERKSEN & KARAN SHAH
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is investing $20.5 million into a state-wide program to prepare students to be college and career ready while in high school.
According to the Kansas State Department of Education, the Career and Technical Education program is designed for “preparing students of all ages to succeed in education and careers in our competitive global economy; creating an educational environment that integrates core academics with real-world relevance; and developing the 21st century skills that employers want through authentic application of academic and technical knowledge.”
The CTE groups current and new elective classes are in 16 career cluster categories: arts, communication and information; business marketing and management; environmental and agriculture systems; health science; and human resources and services.
Sterling High School is one of the many schools benefiting from this curriculum change.
“I do think the new CTE programs are positive for our students,” Principal Bill Anderson said “I think our 21st century jobs are becoming more technical and students are going to benefit from a more practical approach to knowledge and training.”
“I think that it will be good to explore your options now so when you’re in college, you’ll know what you want to do,” freshman Julia Ferguson said.
Even seniors, who will not be effected by the new push , have positive insight on the upcoming transition.
“I think that the career and technical education would help. It would give more time and more focus on your career and what you like to do,” senior Nate Morse said.
Core-class teachers have high hopes as well.
“Career Pathways is a really good system for the students if we can find a way to put it into action,” math teacher Wes Laudermilk said.” It will give them more opportunities and more time to work on the career they choose.”
Sterling’s reaction to the upcoming change parallels Brownback’s intentions.
“Career and technical education programs are a great way for high school students in Kansas to obtain real-world knowledge and skills that will help them immediately – whether that’s to begin their career after high school or to get a job that will help pay their way through college,” Brownback said in a press release.
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