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2011 PEER Educators’ Institute

CTE Career Pathway Plans of Study: Development and Secondary Components

Anne Rowe

Virginia Department of Education

Colonial Heights, Virginia

March 22, 2011


Research tells us the process of moving between institutions – the transition itself – is at the root of the academic distress of ninth grade.

goal setting if one does not know to which port one is sailing no wind is favorable seneca

GOAL SETTINGIf one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.Seneca

resources for career planning
Resources for Career Planning
  • Career Clusters and Pathways
  • Administrative Planning Guide
  • Career Planning Guide
  • RU Ready Magazine
  • The Virginia Education Wizard
career clusters
Career Clusters

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 provides for career cluster/pathway programs of study to expand connections between secondary and postsecondary education through the development and implementation of “programs of study.” According to the Act, programs of study must:

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Career Clusters
  • Incorporate secondary education and postsecondary education elements;
  • Include academic and career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses; and
  • Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or bachelor’s degree.
  • These elements are included in the state sample templates for all 79 pathways available at
Career Clusters’ icons are being used with permission of the: States’ Career Clusters Initiative, 2006,

Career Clusters

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Career Clusters: Goals
  • Base student plans of study on individual student career assessments of knowledge, skills, and interest
  • Attain high academics
  • Make successful transitions
  • Align academic and technical skills with employability skills
  • Create and enhance career development opportunities and outcomes
  • Involve parents (PTA Resolution), business and industry, and the school community
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Career Clusters: VDOE CTE
  • All CTE courses are aligned with one or more career clusters and career pathways within those clusters based on the skills sets taught in the class.
  • Career Cluster and Career Pathway alignments are listed in the Administrative Planning Guide, the Career Planning Guide, and CTERS Manual.

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Knowledge & Skills (K & S)

The foundational principle of career clusters/ pathways is that a set of knowledge and skills are shared with other occupations in a pathway and other pathways in a cluster:

  • Cluster Level – academic and technical skills and knowledge for all pathways within a cluster
  • Pathway Level – academic and technical skills and knowledge within each pathway
  • Career Specialties - full range of career opportunities within each pathway

The cluster level knowledge and skills are correlated with Virginia’s Workplace Readiness Skills

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Adult Education Entry and Exit Points


Accounting Pathway K & S

Securities and Investments

Pathway K & S

Finance Plans of Study


Specific Skill Preparation May Continue




Banking Services

Pathway K & S

Business Finance Pathway K & S


Pathway K & S





Cluster Knowledge and Skills


Courtesy of Benson Consulting – July 2007

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Career Clusters and Pathways

CTE Website

  • Basic information on Virginia’s Clusters and Pathways Initiative
  • A comprehensive Clusters/Pathways/POS/ ACP PowerPoint presentation
  • States' Career Clusters Initiative (SCCI) States' Career Clusters Initiative website
  • Sample Plans of Study
  • Resources
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Academic Requirements for Graduation
  • To find the academic requirements for graduation, go to the VDOE Web site, main page, at and click on Graduation Requirements in the right sidebar.
  • Once there,, click on one of the diploma types listed (Note: The technical diplomas have been delayed once again by the General Assembly).
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Academic Requirements for Graduation

Industry CredentialingSee Administrative Planning Guide and CTE Web Page Path to Industry Credentialing


CTE Curriculum InformationCareer Pathways Plan of Study—State Templates, Information Sheets


For Career Information See POS sample plan templates, OR Career Planning Guide (CPG),


CTE Student Organizations (CTSOs)VDOE Website, CTE Section, Resources


Work-based LearningCTE Resource Center, VERSO, Across the board

context for including the academic and career plan in the soa
Context for Including the Academic and Career Plan in the SOA

In December 2007, in a letter distributed to all members of the Board of Education, Governor Tim Kaine requested that the revised Standards of Accreditation contain provisions for each middle and high school student to have an academic career plan that aligns academic and career goals with the student’s course of study.

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Virginia BOE Policy Changes for SOA
  • January 2008
      • Board proposed changes to the SOA.
  • February 2009:
      • The Board adopted final changes to regulations for accrediting public schools in Virginia.
  • September 2009:
      • The Board passed the Guidelines for the Academic and Career Plan.
      • May 7, 2010:
          • General Assembly delays certain portions of the revised SOA until 2011-2012, Superintendent’s Memorandum #112.-10.
      • Spring, 2011:
          • General Assembly delays certain portions of the revised SOA until 2012-2013 (pending official notice)

Standards of Accreditation:

Overview of Academic and Career Plan (ACP)


Revisions to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia8 VAC 20-131-140: College and career preparation programs and opportunities for postsecondary credit.

Academic and Career Plan

Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, all schools shall begin development of a personal Academic and Career Plan for each seventh-grade student with completion by the fall of the student’s eighth-grade year.

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Academic and Career Plan

Shall include, but not be limited to:

  • The student’s program of study for high school graduation that is aligned with a postsecondary career pathway and/or college entrance;
  • Postsecondary career pathway based on student’s academic and career interests;
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Academic and Career Plan

The Board of Education has established guidelines for development of the Plan.

NOTE: Any personal academic and career plans prescribed by local school boards for students in grades 7-12 and in effect as of June 30, 2009, are approved to continue without further action by the Board.

Eight Regional Training Sessions were presented in the spring, 2010, and multiple presentations have been conducted for a variety of professional conferences and school division in-service sessions. Webinars are currently being planned for presentation.


ACP Technical Assistance Document

  • Explanation/Requirements
  • Timeline/Guidelines
  • Template
  • Components
  • Responsibilities
  • Sample Questions for Students
  • Resources and Policies
  • Case Scenarios (Implementation with all students)
  • Appendices
career cluster and acp tools
Career Cluster and ACP Tools
  • Career Clusters in Virginia Website

Also includes:

    • Virginia’s Career Resource Network
      • Virginia Career VIEW
      • Career Prospects (Trailblazers)
      • KnowHowVirginia
  • States Career Clusters information at
  • Posters – Distribution at CTE Institute in August. If interested in additional copies, you may contact Peggy Watson at the Virginia CTE Resource Center to see if you may obtain those: or 804-673-3778
  • r u ready? Magazine, Revised annually in the fall

  • Virginia’s Career Planning System--Virginia Wizard (in development)


r u ready? MagazineNext three resources available on the VDOE/CTE, Career Clusters Web page at

  • Youth Appealing resource
  • Online and in print
  • Sophomores in High School
  • Plans for Life After High
  • School
  • Educational Opportunities
  • in HS
  • PDF Version on the CTE
  • Home Page
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Parent Guide to r u ready?
  • Designed for 8th grade parents to help with the transition to high school
  • Designed as a Folder for HS Course Requests
  • Web Sites
  • Career Cluster Information
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Ready or Not: Resource Guide
  • Classroom curriculum companion piece to the
  • r u ready? Magazine
  • Download from CTE web site or order from CTE Resource Center web site
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Virginia Education Wizard
  • Current Web site has Version 1.0 and 2.0
    • Skills Assessment
    • Job application and interview assistance
    • Career information
    • Postsecondary institutions information
    • Financial aid for further education information
  • Version 3 is NOW AVAILABLE and will allow users to:
    • Create and store academic and career plans
    • Import career pathways to students academic and career plans
    • Create ad hoc Wizard reports on students and ACP progress
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Career Planning

Research shows that students who put a career plan in place during their high school years are 47 percent more likely to complete postsecondary education.


We are helping students plan FOR LIFE, not just for high school graduation!

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Questions on Academic Plans of Study?


Joseph Wharff

School Counseling Connections Specialist

Virginia Department of Education

(804) 225-3370

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Questions and AnswersCareerand Technical Education

Lolita B. Hall Anne Rowe

CTE State Director CTE Coordinator

804-225-2847 804 225-2838

George Willcox

CTE Coordinator

804 225-2839

Virginia Department of Education

P. O. Box 2120

Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120

CTE Website: