The Hays USD 489 school board will hear about Hays High School’s technical education programs at its work-study session Monday.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Hays High. On the agenda is a tour of the school and a discussion of the career and technical education pathways program.

CTE offers a range of subjects and career fields, including science, technology engineering and mathematics — known as STEM — and has become an emphasis in education nationwide. In July 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, providing $1.3 billion in annual federal funding to the U.S. Department of Education for CTE programs.

Hays High has nine CTE clusters — a grouping of occupational and industrial areas based on common skills and knowledge: arts, audio/visual technology; information technology; marketing; finance; agriculture, food and natural resources; hospitality and tourism; human services, architecture and construction; and manufacturing. Each cluster has a career pathway teaching the skills and knowledge necessary for those careers. The pathways are designed to give students a smooth transition to postsecondary education, according to the Kansas Department of Education.

Federal funding in the last few years has allowed Hays High to purchase a plasma cutting system and obtain faculty certification for the use of drones in agriculture.