Building a Skilled andCompetitive Workforce: Montana’s Strategic Direction for Career and Technical Education By Hans Meeder
Vision and Mission for CTE in Montana Our Vision: A Skilled and Competitive Workforce in Montana Our Mission: To strengthen the quality of CTE programs and align them to education reform, workforce quality and economic competitiveness
Values of CTE Leaders and Educators in Montana • We value collaboration among educators, administrators, and leaders. • We value continuous improvement of our programs. • We value empowering educators to find and implement best practices. • We value students as full partners and the owners of their own educational and career goals.
Strategic Objectives • Create the best system and supports possible • Strengthen education and employment opportunities • Help Montanans make smooth transitions between education and careers • Meet the demand for and strengthen the quality of CTE teachers
Strategic Objective 1: Create the best system and supports possible 1.1 Develop a collaborative State Leadership Structure 1.2 Build a culture of continuous program improvement 1.3 Improve data quality and usefulness to educators 1.4 Use data to establish program improvement goals and accountability 1.5 Create a structured system of technical assistance for improvement 1.6 Update and upgrade program expectations
Strategic Objective 2: Strengthen Education and Employment Opportunities 2.1 Align CTE to economic opportunities within Montana 2.2 Create and implement Big Sky Pathways, utilizing Tech Prep as a focused resource 2.3 Expand business and industry involvement at all levels
The New Tech Prep for Montana Pathways from Peaks to Plains The Big Sky East-West Consortium for Educational Advancement
Montana Career Fields and Clusters Model Environmental & Agricultural Systems Human Services & Resources Business & Management • Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources • Law, Public Safety and Security • Government and Public Administration • Human Services • Education and Training • Marketing, Sales, and Services • Business, Management, and Administration • Hospitality and Tourism • Finance • Information Technology • Marketing, Sales, and Services • Business, Management, and Administration • Hospitality and Tourism • Finance • Information Technology English (4) Math (2) Science (2) Social Studies (2) PE (1) Health (1) Arts (1) Vocational (1) Career • Foundation • Knowledge and Skills • Interpersonal Relationships • Information Literacy • Problem Solving • Critical Thinking • Teamwork Industrial, Manufacturing, & Engineering Systems Electives Communication & Information Systems • Manufacturing • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics • Architecture and Construction • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics • Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Health Sciences • Health Science
The New Tech Prep for Montana • One statewide consortium – Two institutions dividing responsibilities for program development east to west • One institution will serve as lead applicant and fiscal agent • Flathead Valley Community College (Lead) • MSU Billings College of Technology
Strategic Objective 3: Help Montanans make smooth transitions between education and careers 3.1 Offer career development tools and individualized education plans 3.2 Create seamless pathways 3.3 Build supports to help all students succeed 3.4 Connect CTE w/ high school mission 3.5 Support strong orientation and counseling services for high school and college CTE students
Strategic Objective 4: Meet the demand for and strengthen the quality of CTE teachers 4.1 Build “communities of practice” among secondary and postsecondary educators 4.2 Use benchmarking strategies to implement promising practices 4.3 Create structured and ongoing professional development re: academic integration 4.4 Align all professional development activities and opportunities within Montana 4.5 Improve recruitment and induction of new teachers, and draw upon the expertise of seasoned teachers.
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” -- Robert F. Kennedy
Building a Skilled andCompetitive Workforce: Montana’s Strategic Direction for Career and Technical Education Email: Hans@MeederConsulting.com Web: www.MeederConsulting.com