Governor Steve Beshear this week signed an executive order that he says will unite efforts to better prepare students for careers in the 21st Century.
The executive order will overhaul the state’s career and technical education system to help produce a skilled work force that businesses require today to remain competitive on a national and international scale.
The order combines the state’s two career and technical education systems under the advisement of Kentucky’s Department of Education.
Governor Steve Beshear says the career and technical education system should be first choice, not a last chance and he says students need an education system that provides job-training and learning opportunities that will put them on a career pathway.
The executive order also establishes a CTE Advisory Committee that will offer guidance in the design and implementation of programs.
Governor Beshear also remarked that studies have shown that graduation rates are higher among students who participate in CTE programs as opposed to those who do not and that seventy-five percent of Kentucky high school students were enrolled in career and technical education programs last year.