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Support K-12 Career Exploration and CTE
Support K-12 Career Exploration and CTE
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As part of the Derby Public Schools work to close the achievement gap for strategy II of our strategic plan, we are looking to partner with businesses and local organizations to help our K-12 students explore and learn more about a variety of career opportunities and how different career fields contribute to a successful community. If you would be willing to volunteer or work with your organization to coordinate volunteers, to provide in-person or virtual visits, internships, observations or tours please complete the survey found HERE.

At Derby Public Schools, we strive to provide opportunities for all students in grades K-12 to receive early career exploration. Additionally, CTE (Career and Technical Education) offers a diverse range of subjects and career fields, including a number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. In addition, the distinction between CTE and academic programs is slowly disintegrating as integrating academic content into CTE has become a national education priority. CTE has become an indispensable lever for improving students’ college and career readiness. CTE plays a powerful role in preventing students from dropping out and provides a variety of opportunities for postsecondary success and employment, including pathways to a bachelor’s degree. CTE also can help all students achieve the objectives of the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) through authentic, applied learning experiences. In short, CTE is a crucial change agent for the success of improving outcomes for all students. Students can begin work in the pathways with two courses offered in middle school and continue their work in the 16 pathways offered at Derby High School. Our goal is for students to complete a pathway in an effort to provide them preparation for college and careers after high school.

We look forward to learning more about how we can partner with your organization to help our students explore career opportunities and future fields of work!

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