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Career Clusters for Kansas

Program Goals and Emphasis

The Kansas Career Resource Network’s primary goal is to align career clusters and High Schools That Work in all Kansas high schools.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

The job climate improved in 2004, following the employment decline that began in late 2001. Major industries include agriculture, aircraft and automobile manufacturing, industrial and computer machinery manufacturing, and petroleum. The greatest growth has been in educational and health services and in financial activities. Government, manufacturing and retail trade have the largest employment.

The umemployment rate in January 2006 was 4.5%, as compared to 5.2% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Agriculture
• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• The Teen Career Kansas section of the Web site provides assessment tools and information on the 16 career clusters. It also includes sections for counselors and parents. The focus is on “What will you be doing in 2008??

• The development and design of the Kansas Career Guide will provide career guidance as well as some insight into what academics will be needed for any given career choice. Future plans include providing in-service activities, including lesson plans, on how to use the Kansas Career Guide with a heavy emphasis on academics.

• Kansas is pursuing a partnership with the High Schools That Work program to implement career clusters.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Kansas has conducted the following activities and training:
• Career Clusters
• Facilitating Career Development
• Improved Career Decision-Making in a Changing World
• K-ACTE Annual Summer Conference
• Kansas Workforce Summit
• Real Games
• Transition Students and Career Clusters
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools0
Middle Schools 0
High Schools 0
Community Colleges 0
4-Year Colleges/Universities 0
Other 0

Primary Resources

Kansas has published the following resources:
• 10 Successful Career Tips for Teens
• Career Cluster Brochure Set
• Career Clusters Poster
• Career Tabloids
• Kansas Career Guide CD
• State Occupational Outlook Handbook
• What Will You Be Doing in 2008

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Kansas Board of Regents
• Kansas State Department of Education
• High Schools That Work

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Karmey Olson
Kansas State Department of Education
Career and Technical Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
Phone: (785) 296-2883
Fax: (785) 296-2294
e-mail: [email protected]
State Administrative Location

Kansas State Department of Education, State and Federal Programs -- Career and Technical Education

Regional Contact Information