Career and Technical Education Pathways
These pathways will be available to all JCS high school students.
Programs will be housed at the locations noted below.
Reduction in student travel time and transitions, increasing instructional time
Additional college and career opportunities for students, boosting their ability to discover and pursue their passion and purpose
Increased space for our growing student population, improving the learning environment and enhancing student comfort
Improved athletic and recreational facilities, benefiting not only members of district team athletics, but also those involved in local leagues and youth sports
Enhanced security of school entries, improved traffic flow, and additional parking, making our schools and roads safer
Expanded educational opportunities to prepare students for high-demand professions, meeting the workforce needs of our community
Increased capacity for work-based learning in schools, resulting in students who are better prepared for transition to the workforce after graduation
Improved efficiency in the use of local tax dollars, increasing the availability and cost- effectiveness of athletic facilities
WE HEARD YOU:
How did we get here? Our community spoke and we listened. Over 550 participants provided input during the district’s strategic vision process six years ago.
WE TOOK ACTION:
- JCS currently offers 20 dual credit opportunities and 19 Advanced Placement courses. Next year, those numbers will increase to 24 dual credit and 20 AP classes.
- Work-based learning opportunities have increased 13% in the last year.
- In the Class of 2018, 44 members graduated with a Work Ethic Seal, improving employability.
- The JCS Class of 2020 will include 14 students graduating with a high school diploma and an Associates Degree.
THE CHALLENGE MOVING FORWARD:
- 65% of current JCS students will be employed in jobs that don’t even exist today.
- 84% of Kentucky employers currently report that they have difficulty finding qualified job candidates.
- Surveys indicate that, if they had it to do over again, 37% of Kentuckians would change their major in postsecondary education, indicating a need for deeper career exploration at an earlier age.
- A total of 53,524 square feet of additional space and 49,496 square feet of renovated space at EJHS, WJHS and JCTC, allowing for expanded Career and Technical Education opportunities for our students.
- JCS currently has instruction in 10 of the 16 state-approved pathways After the expansion, that number will increase to 12.
- With the implementation of the two new pathways, JCS will be providing opportunities for students in all 5 of Kentucky’s high-demand industry sectors
- A 20% increase in the number of career pathway opportunities for our students.
- 1/3 of CTE students will be able to remain on their home campuses, instead of traveling between schools, resulting in increased instructional time.
- Students will be connected with CTE pathways as early as 4th grade
- $750,000 in grant funds to support the expansion.
- 5 local agencies partnering to improve athletic and recreational facilities to benefit the youth of our community.