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Career Pathways & CTE

The following career pathways are available at Ryle High School:


Career and Technical Education 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.

A career ready student is a student who is preparatory in a Career and Technical Education career pathway and has reached the academic benchmarks (ACT, WorkKeys, ASVAB) and technical benchmarks (KOSSA or Industry Certification).  Students that earn preparatory, completion, or college readiness status will receive individual recognition.  Articulated college credit may be available at various Kentucky universities for completion of a career pathway and dedicated KOSSA exam/industry certification.

Preparatory Definition - A “preparatory” student is one who has completed two career and technical education courses in a preparatory program and is enrolled in a third course.

Completion Definition - A “completer” is a student who has completed three career and technical education courses in a preparatory program and is enrolled in a fourth course.


The Ryle Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department is comprised of the following program areas:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Education
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing Education
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Project Lead the Way – Biomedical Science

Ryle High School graduates are required to have a minimum of one career and technical credit. 


To earn this credit, the following entry-level courses are recommended.  Each of these courses leads to career interest pathways that will build your skills and knowledge in a more specific in-demand area, and these pathways are detailed below and on the following pages.

The 5 entry-level courses: 

  • Agricultural Science:  Principles of Agricultural Science and Technology

Leads to the following career pathways:

  • Animal Science Systems
  • Horticulture and Plant Science
  • Agribusiness Systems
  • Business Education:  Digital Literacy

Leads to the following career pathways:

  • Business Management
  • Information Processing
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Business Multimedia
  • Web Design for Business
  • Information Technology (IT):  Computer Literacy

Leads to the following career pathways:

  • Computer Science
  • Marketing Education:  Principles of Marketing

Leads to the following career pathways:

  • Marketing
  • Sports Marketing
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Management/Entrepreneurship
  • Family and Consumer Science:  FACS Essentials

Leads to the following career pathways:

  • Culinary and Food Service
  • Fashion and Interior Design
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Health Science:  Principles of Biomedical Science

Leads to the following career pathways:

  • Biomedical Science
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