Increase certifications and college credit
By 2023, the number of graduating seniors who complete a rigorous career pathway and certifications through CTE will increase by 10%, from 897 to 986.
WPS students have 126 options to earn college credit through AP courses, dual credit and concurrent credit courses through local universities. Students also can earn college credits through unique programs including International Baccalaureate, Early College Academy, Northeast Magnet and North’s bio-med program.
The Wichita Public Schools offers 26 career pathways in 7 areas as defined by the Kansas State Department of Education. Our CTE pathways include high-demand career areas including aviation maintenance and production, early childhood, engineering, marketing, emergency and fire management services, manufacturing and teaching.
WPS has a goal of increasing the number of students taking CTE classes, and a goal of increasing students receiving industry certifications by 10% by 2023.
Some of the key items to affect this goal include:
- Having all secondary students complete and document their Individual Plan of Study
- Students complete Algebra 1 by the end of 9th grade
- Work on employability skills including mock interviews, career exploration and volunteering
At the February 10, 2020 Board of Education meeting, Deputy Superintendent Tiffinie Irving and Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools Gil Alvarez shared data and programs that support Goal 3.
Watch the February 10, 2020 BOE presentation below.