Students and faculty in the ten career and technical secondary education programs in the Grayson County Schools are celebrating Career and Technical Education (CATE) month during February, 2014. This celebration focuses on the role CATE and its business/industry partners play in helping youths and adults achieve career success in the 21st Century. Recognition of CATE’s role in a comprehensive educational system is growing. For instance, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Council for Postsecondary Education (CPE) have developed an accountability system that measures both college and career readiness. Career readiness programs embody high-quality, academically challenging and relevant CTE instruction.
According to information provided by the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education, in Kentucky, more than two-thirds of all high school students take at least one CATE course, and about 127,000 concentrate in one Career Pathway by taking three or more CATE courses in that area of study. CATE prepares graduates for all jobs, including the two-thirds that require a skill certificate or associate degree, but not a baccalaureate degree. These jobs form the foundation of the nation’s economic infrastructure: growing and preparing our food, repairing our cars, servicing our air conditioners, building our homes, manufacturing goods, and providing health, marketing, retail, business, and computer services.
Career and Technical Education programs merge applied learning with academic rigor to produce high school and post-secondary graduates with industry-certified skill certificates and associate degrees. Career and Technical Education graduates pursue jobs in the new professions of the 21st Century - careers that require long, specialized study and continuing educational updates. The new professions of the 21st Century pay well-above average wages and help individuals raise their standard of living.
The CATE programs at the Grayson County Technology Center are Automotive, Carpentry, Computerized Manufacturing and Machining, Electricity, Health Sciences, Marketing, and Welding. The CATE programs at the High School are Agriculture, Business, and Family and Consumer Science.
Another integral part of CATE programs merge academic, technical, and leadership skills through participation in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s). Those student-led, community service groups in Grayson County Schools include DECA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, and Skills USA. These co-curricular groups provide an avenue for students to showcase the academic and technical skills learned in class through competition and community activities. While honing their skills through post-secondary education, these student leaders emerge in their local communities to provide a skilled leader using their skills for economic improvement and community service.
For more information about career and technical education programs provided at the Grayson County Technology Center, contact Cynthia Smith by calling 270-259-3195.