The 2019 Legislature voted to merge the state’s Department of Career and Technical Education with the Center for Distance Education.
The Center for Distance Education manages online course offerings.
State CTE director Wayde Sick called it a good marriage.
"The Center for Distance Ed provides courses broader than just career and technical education," Sick said. "But this will only strengthen what our virtual career-tech ed centers are doing."
Sick said the CDE can use its technology, and CTE can use its curriculum and expertise to reach even more students.
"That's really what we're trying to accomplish," Sick said.
Sick said there are five “virtual” centers that provide CTE courses on line. He expects that to grow.