Career & Technical Educaton

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an essential component of the high school curriculum. For many students, it represents as much as a third of their high school experience. It is a critical component in meeting the needs of students in academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation and leadership development. Successful transition to postsecondary education, work or the military is one of the goals of Kentucky's educational system. The percentage of students making successful transition is a component of the high school accountability index.

Career Pathways - Harlan County High School

Instructor: Rachel Mason

Contact:, (606) 574-2020 x3546

Program of Studies: This pathway focuses on the scientific principles that underlie the breeding, cultivation, and production of agricultural plants, and the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural plant products. Includes instruction in the plant sciences, crop cultivation and production, and agricultural and food products processing.

Best Practice/Required Courses:, Pg. 34

Courses Offered at HCHS: Coming Soon

Test List: iCEV Bayer Crop and Plant Science OR EOP Horticulture

Instructor: Heather Maggard

Contact:, (606) 574-2020 x3584, 3583

Program of Studies: The Culinary and Food Service Pathway addresses a skill set necessary for success in the culinary industry. The courses in this pathway will help students develop skills in early career ladder positions and promote continuing education at the post-secondary level preparing for careers associated with restaurants, institutional food service, hospitality, and catering, as well as food and beverage operations.

Best Practice/Required Courses:, Pg. 390

Courses Offered at HCHS: Coming Soon

Test List: AAFCS Pre-PAC Culinary Arts OR ProStart Certificate of Achievement OR EOP Culinary and Food Services

Instructors: Elgie Green, Kim North, Jonathan Wireman

Contact:, (606) 574-2020 x3563,, (606) 574-2020 x3562,, (606) 574-2020 x3565

Program of Studies: This pathway focuses on the creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages in various media intended to promote and sell products, services, and brands; and that prepares individuals to function as advertising assistants, technicians, and managers. Includes instruction in advertising theory; marketing strategy; advertising design and production methods; campaign methods and techniques; media management; related principles of business management; and applicable technical and equipment skills.

Best Practice/Required Courses:, Pg. 74

Courses Offered at HCHS: Coming Soon

Test List: ASK Marketing, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop OR (High Demand Option) ASK Marketing, MOS Word, MOS Excel, MOS Powerpoint OR EOP Marketing

Instructor: Lindsey Rich

Contact:, (606) 574-2020 x3594

Program of Studies: This pathway prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of physical systems used in manufacturing and endproduct systems for specific uses including machine tools, jigs and other manufacturing equipment; stationary power units and appliances; engines; self-propelled vehicles; housings and containers; hydraulic and electric systems for controlling movement; and the integration of computers and remote control with operating systems. Mechanical Engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices including tools, engines, and machines.

Best Practice/Required Courses:, Pg. 335

Courses Offered at HCHS: Coming Soon

Test List: EOP REC-Foundation Pre-Engineering Certification

Instructor: Tim McElyea

Contact:, (606) 574-2020 x3579

Program of Studies: This pathway introduces students to the theory and practice of military science, life in the U.S. Army and prepares them for cadet status (Junior ROTC or JROTC) or for service as commissioned reserve or active duty officers (Senior AROTC or ROTC). Programs are offered as adjuncts to regular high school instructional programs.

Best Practice/Required Courses:, Pg. 598

Courses Offered at HCHS: Coming Soon

Test List: JROTC 3-Year Certificate of Training

Instructor: Kim North

Contact:, (606) 574-2020 x3562

Program of Studies: This pathway generally prepares individuals to undertake and manage the process of developing consumer audiences and moving products from producers to consumers. Includes instruction in buyer behavior and dynamics, principle of marketing research, demand analysis, cost-volume and profit relationships, pricing theory, marketing campaign and strategic planning, market segments, advertising methods, sales operations and management, consumer relations, retailing and applications to specific products and markets.

Best Practice/Required Courses:, Pg. 79

Courses Offered at HCHS: Coming Soon

Test List: ASK Marketing and Google Cloud Certification-G Suite OR EOP Marketing

Instructor: Scott Pace

Contact:, (606) 574-2020 x3597

Program of Studies: The Web Development/Administration pathway involves creating, designing, and producing interactive multimedia products and services. This will include development of digitallygenerated or computer-enhanced media, and the adherence to web standards, as used in business, training, communications and marketing. Organizations of all types and sizes use digital media, web pages, and websites to communicate with existing and potential customers, to track transactions, and to collaborate with colleagues. This pathway will prepare students to enter the workforce ready to participate as leaders in a broad range of careers and further their education.

Best Practice/Required Courses:, Pg. 525

Courses Offered at HCHS: Coming Soon

Test List (2 Exams Required): Adobe Dreamweaver OR Adobe Photoshop OR Certiport Digital Literacy IC3 OR EOP Web Development/Administration

Career Pathways - Kentucky Community & Technical College System


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