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Career Pathways: The New Career Technical Education. Ann Benson Education Consultant 405-743-2919 Essential Questions. How are we doing and why are we getting involved in using career clusters, career pathways and programs of study?.

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career pathways the new career technical education

Career Pathways: The New Career Technical Education

Ann Benson

Education Consultant


essential questions
  • How are we doing and why are we getting involved in using career clusters, career pathways and programs of study?
percent of students who take remedial courses
Percent of Students Who Take Remedial Courses
  • 63% at two-year institutions
  • 40% at four-year institutions

The Bridge Project

Stanford University

how hiring practices will change
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

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

career pathway
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.“

perkins programs of study
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.“

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Perkins – “Programs of Study”

1. Incorporate secondary education and postsecondary education elements;

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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;

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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

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Perkins – “Programs of Study”

4. Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.

so where do career clusters fit in what are they
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
what about career pathways
What about Career Pathways?
  • A Career Pathwayrepresents a grouping of occupations within a cluster based on commonalities
what are the programs of study
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
our rules for development pos we recommend them for your use
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
the most important aspects of plans programs of study
The Most Important Aspects of Plans/Programs of Study
  • Cluster Foundation Knowledge and Skills
  • Career Pathway Knowledge and Skills
structure of foundation knowledge and skills
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
pos checklist
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?
pos checklist con t
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?
what about local implementation
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?
implementation of pathways organized around the 16 clusters provides
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
cluster approach to addressing educational redesign
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

key points of colorado implementation
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.
if i can provide you with any assistance please contact
Ann Benson

405-743-2919 (office)

405-880-5383 (cell)

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