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Career & Technical Education

Career Pathways

Career cluster pathways are designed to provide a smooth transition from high school to postsecondary education (technical colleges, community colleges and universities), apprenticeship opportunities, the military, and/or the workplace. Stakeholders from education, business and industry developed the courses that enable this transition. Kansas has developed 35 pathways that address the need for high skill, high wage, and high demand careers in the 21st Century.

Arkansas City High School offers 12 Career Pathways for the 2017-18 school year.  Pathways can be viewed using the Left Menu Bar.  If you have questions or need help with a pathway, please see Mr. Brooks in Room 249.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are created to enable Kansas High School Graduates to have a smooth transition from their high school Career & Technical Education Pathway to the corresponding Occupational Program at the postsecondary level.

Any Kansas high school graduate who meets the requirements of an articulation agreement may utilize the agreement to obtain college credit, scholarships, tuition waivers, or other benefits as stated in each agreement.

To view State Wide Articulation Agreements, click here.

Senate Bill 155

Senate Bill 155, or the Governor’s CTE Bill, was passed into law on July 1, 2012. The main purpose of the bill is to stimulate growth in Career & Technical Education at both the secondary and post-secondary level in Kansas. The Kansas workforce will increasingly demand a more highly-technical and highly-skilled worker and Senate Bill 155 is aimed at meeting those future demands. There are several parts to Senate Bill 155. The four financial aspects of Senate Bill 155 are:

  • Tuition reimbursement for high school students enrolled in college-level CTE courses,
  • Incentivizing high school students graduating with an industry-recognized certifications that lead directly to high-demand occupations in Kansas through a Certification incentive program,
  • Transportation reimbursement to school districts transporting high school students off-campus to complete college-level CTE coursework,
  • CTE Marketing campaign to promote the positive impact of CTE on education and the workforce.


To view Cowley County Community College classes covered by SB 155, click here.

CCCC Memorandum of Understanding

USD #470 and Cowley County Community College entered into an agreement beginning with the 2016-17 school year that states the following:

  • USD #470 shall cover the cost of tuition of 3 hours per semester
  • CCCC shall waive the student incidental fees
  • USD #470 students shall cover the cost of text books and any other fees associated with a particular course or program
  • For any class covered under the KBOR guaranteed transfer policy.


To view classes covered under the MOU, click here.

Professional  Learning Experience (PLE)

Professional Learning Experiences are based upon the student learner’s career interest and partners the learner with the school, community, business and/or worksite.  It provides career experience opportunities beyond the boundaries of the classroom; it will provide instruction or introduction to all aspects of the industry.

Spring 2018 PLE Forms

Health Science IV (4th Hour)

LPSS Internship (1st Hour)

Career/Community Connections (4th Hour)

Summer Workshops

Beginning Excel

Intermediate Excel

Advanced Excel