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Education and Economics FASA presentation July 28, 2009. Where Education Meets Experience. Education and Economics. Session Goals Philosophy and make up of school Work base learning training Academic curriculum and support Stakeholder involvement, why and how Suggested Do’s

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Education and EconomicsFASA presentation July 28, 2009

Where Education Meets Experience

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Education and Economics

  • Session Goals

    • Philosophy and make up of school

    • Work base learning training

    • Academic curriculum and support

    • Stakeholder involvement, why and how

    • Suggested Do’s

    • Suggested Don’ts

    • Questions and answers

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Essential Question

  • Is there a way to design a school that engages students, educators, and the business community that will produce learning outcomes as never before seen?

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What MTI is not…

  • This is not your father’s vocational education

  • Dropout recovery program

  • School that works in isolation

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Who does MTI attract?

The “Neglected Majority” of Students




• Capable, but not achieving at high levels

• “Applied” (or contextual) learners

• The future technicians in our workforce

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HS diploma is a by- product of a Career education.

Post-secondary articulations in a seamless model.

Nationally recognized industry certifications – Business drives the standard and expectation for proficiency.

Work based-learning curriculum offering opportunities to learn through internships, school-based enterprises, corporate training, and job shadowing.

Core Philosophy

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Philosophy continued

  • Career Academies based on local high-demand occupations.

  • Embrace the 3 R’s - Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships

  • Version oriented. Expectation of change and need for flexibility.

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About MTI

  • School of Choice

  • Target Middle Majority

  • 7 Career Academies

  • Recruit Students from 7 Area High Schools

  • 11th and 12th Grades

  • No District Transportation

  • School Uniform

  • Application Process

  • Flexible Scheduling

  • Extra-curricular activities

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Work-Based Learning Curriculum: Employment Preparation

Extensive Employability

Skills Training including:

  • Employment Portfolios (Resume, Cover Letter, Application, References, and more)

  • Campus One Stop/Partner Participation

  • Mock Interviews

  • Corporate Soft Skills Training (monthly on half days)

  • Academy and Academic Teacher Recommendations

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Work-Based Learning Curriculum: Internships

  • Career Expo

  • Paid, Training-Related Internships

  • Internship Coordinator = Business Liaison

  • Employer/Partner Appreciation Banquet

  • Job Shadowing Opportunities

    • Ground Hog, Senior, Coach, Curriculum Support Shadowing

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Work-Based Learning Curriculum: Career Coaching

  • Career Coach Curriculum=Career Mentor

  • One Hour Per Week

  • On Campus

  • Academy/Career Matching

  • Coach Appreciation Banquet

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Challenging Academic Curriculum

  • Learning academics in the context of real world applications:

    • Career Academy and Dual Enrollment

    • CORR-Quadrant D

    • Interdisciplinary Projects

    • Marion Virtual (FLVS curr.)

    • Field Trips, Tours, Demonstrations, Speakers

    • Junior Achievement®

    • CTSO’s: FBLA®, SkillsUSA®

    • Leadership, Service Learning, Capstone Project

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Academic Supports

  • 212 Degree Motto

  • Lunch Bunch (Zero’s Not an Option)

  • Focus


  • Tutoring

  • Mentors/


  • Campus Testing Center Certiport® and VUE®

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Industry Stakeholder Involvement – Why?

  • Fluctuating Demands

    • Varying Unemployment

  • Future Demands

    • Demographics – Increasingly Retirement Eligible

  • Lack of Qualified Workforce

    • Cost

    • Time

    • Resulting Turnover

  • Graduates Lack Strong Work Ethics

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Industry Stakeholder Involvement – How?

  • Task Force

    Task Force Chair

    Academy Chairs

  • Recruiting Students

    School Visits & Parent Nights

  • Curriculum Development

    Instructor Selection, Curriculum Review,

    Guest Speaking, Company Tours, College

    Credit/Articulations, Banner Center Liaison

  • Student Development

    Internships, Career Coaches, Shadowing

  • Resources

    Marketing Materials Development

    Brochures, TV & Radio Ads, Billboards,

    Financial Support & Grant Opportunities

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Suggested Do’s

  • Establish school board, business, and college relationships.

  • Have an application process and dress code

  • Random drug testing

  • Employability skills training

  • Partner with Workforce Board/One-Stop

  • Personalize and Build Relationships

  • Direct marketing

  • Establish “Career Coaches” for all students

  • Allow time for evolution

  • Have a grant writer

  • Utilize surveys to involve

    students in decision making

  • Celebrate Successes

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Suggested Don’ts

  • Lower Your Standards

  • Offer Academy Training That Is Not In Demand

  • Advertise As A Vocational High School

  • Send Unqualified Students Into The Workplace

  • Forget To Support Struggling Learners

  • Forget to involve students and build

    student, parent, and business/community relationships!

  • Forget to encourage and support CTSO’s

  • Use “Manufacturing” In Academy Name

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What is the Measure of Success?

  • Trained Workforce

    * Industry certifications

    * Positive attitude, work ethic, and soft skills

  • Student Performance Improvement

    *Industry Certifications

    *Training Related Internships

    *GPA performance



    *College Admission/Scholarships/Articulated Credits

  • Interns Receive Jobs Upon Graduation

  • Post-Secondary Articulations/Scholarships

  • Concept Replication & Recognition

  • Waiting list to get into MTI

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Questions and Answers




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