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  1. Career Pathways: The New Career Technical Education Ann Benson Education Consultant 405-743-2919

  2. EssentialQuestions • How are we doing and why are we getting involved in using career clusters, career pathways and programs of study?

  3. 2006 HSTW CTE Students: Percentage Meeting Reading Performance Goal-279

  4. 2006 HSTW CTE Students: Percentage Meeting Mathematics Performance Goal-297

  5. 2006 HSTW CTE Students: Percentage Meeting Science Performance Goal-299

  6. 2006 HSTW CTE Students: Percentage Having Intensive Work-based Learning Experiences

  7. Percent of Students Who Take Remedial Courses • 63% at two-year institutions • 40% at four-year institutions The Bridge Project Stanford University

  8. How Hiring Practices Will Change • 28% will reduce hiring those with only a high school diploma • 49.5% will increase two-year college graduates • Almost 60% will increase their hires of four-year college graduates • 42% will increase their hires of post-graduates within next five years The Conference Board

  9. Vocational Education vs. Career and Technical Education

  10. A bit of history … • U.S. Department of Education • National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education • National Advisory Committees • Cluster Leaders

  11. Career Clusters “An organizing tool defining CTE using 16 broad clusters of occupations and 81 pathways with validated standards that ensure opportunities for all students regardless of their career goals and interests.“

  12. Career Pathway “A career pathway is a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career related courses, commencing in ninth grade and leading to an associate degree, and/or an industry-recognized certificate or licensure, and/or a baccalaureate and beyond.“

  13. Programs of Study (Pathways) As Defined in Perkins

  14. Perkins – “Programs of Study” “State approved programs, which may be adopted by local education agencies and postsecondary institutions to be offered as an option to students when planning for and completing future coursework, for career and technical content areas.“

  15. Perkins – “Programs of Study” 1. Incorporate secondary education and postsecondary education elements;

  16. Perkins – “Programs of Study” 2. Include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses that align secondary education with postsecondary education to adequately prepare students to succeed in postsecondary education;

  17. Perkins – “Programs of Study” 3. May include the opportunity for secondary education students to participate in dual or concurrent enrollment programs or other ways to acquire postsecondary education credits; and

  18. Perkins – “Programs of Study” 4. Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.

  19. 16 Career Clusters

  20. So where do Career Clusters fit in? What are they? • Career Clusters are groupings of occupations and industries • These groupings are used as an organizing tool for: • Curriculum Design • Instructional + Guidance Model • Seamless Transition

  21. What about Career Pathways? • A Career Pathwayrepresents a grouping of occupations within a cluster based on commonalities

  22. What are the Programs of Study? • A sequenced listing of courses, both academic and CTE/degree major, that connects student’s high school and postsecondary educational experiences • A set of course descriptions for the CTE/degree major courses based on knowledge and skill statements


  24. Our Rules for Development-POSWe Recommend Them for Your Use! • POS are only samples • Template is set-No Tinkering! • Coursework must be rigorous enough to ensure postsecondary success • Course titles are only examples • CTE/degree major courses must be based on K & S statements • POS are only samples

  25. The Most Important Aspects of Plans/Programs of Study • Cluster Foundation Knowledge and Skills • Career Pathway Knowledge and Skills

  26. Structure of Foundation Knowledge and Skills • Three components • Overarching Knowledge and Skill Statement (K & S Statement) • One or more Performance Elements for each K&S Statement • One or more Measurement Criteria/Topics for each Performance Element

  27. POS Checklist • Are both academic and degree major courses included? • Are both secondary and postsecondary courses included? • Does coursework reflect the K & S? • Do courses represent a sequence of instruction that leads to a degree, certificate or credential?

  28. POS Checklist, con’t. • Do courses represent a coherent and rigorous program of studies? • Have courses been cross-referenced against state and national standards? • Does completion of the high school courses ensure success at the postsecondary level? • Does the high school plan reflect opportunities for postsecondary enrollment?

  29. What about Local Implementation? • What do Programs of Study look like and how are they developed for the local level? • Can I still teach all of the same courses? • How will I know what to teach?

  30. Implementation of pathways organized around the 16 clusters provides: • Consistency for better data (results) and shared opportunities for development • Articulation within and between states • Employer and postsecondary validated standards • Opportunities for “all” students • A “place” for all career goals and interests

  31. Cluster Approach to Addressing Educational Redesign Strategy to organize instruction and student experiences around career themes (Focus on an industry cluster of related occupations) Incorporates existing school reform strategies (career academies, career pathways, small learning communities, Tech Prep) Connects to business and higher education

  32. Key Points of Colorado Implementation • WHAT? Every student will follow a pathway that leads to career success. • HOW? Through seamless programs of study fostering academic and technical achievement. • WHY? To develop a globally competitive workforce for Colorado.


  34. Ann Benson 405-743-2919 (office) 405-880-5383 (cell) If I can provide you with any assistance, please contact: