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Preparing Alaska for What’s Next Cathy LeCompte, Associate Dean, University of Alaska Anchorage ~ Community and Technical College The CTE brand logo, brand.

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1 Preparing Alaska for What’s Next Cathy LeCompte, Associate Dean, University of Alaska Anchorage ~ Community and Technical College The CTE brand logo, brand positioning theme and brand extensions are property of NASDCTEc.

2 Outcomes for today… Brief overview of history and how we got here…evolution Greater understanding of why Career Pathways/Programs of Study (CP/PoS) in Alaska. Application of CP/PoS in Alaska…what we are up to between now and June 2013.

3 Tech Prep Consortium Over 10 years working together Secondary to post secondary aligned curriculum in CTE 13,000 college credits earned in high school Tuition saved: $3.5M Alaska Tech Prep Consortium… A Brief Historical Perspective

4 Tech Prep Consortium Career Pathway / PoS Task Force Build off the success…learn from others… Career Pathways / Program of Study Alaska Tech Prep Consortium…what’s next?

5 Students Policy Makers & Funders – State legislators, School Board, Assembly, City & Tribal Councils Employers / Industry – State industry coalitions and local employers Teachers and Faculty – Secondary and Post Secondary Cross-Agency Partners – Local/ Regional, Department of Education, Labor & Workforce Development, Health & Social Services, Economic Development Administrators: District, School, University Students – inform the effectiveness Career Pathways / Program of Study Task Force

6 Personal Learning & Career Plan Program of Study Career Pathway Career Cluster Grouping of occupations based on common knowledge and skills Education, training and support services to help people get high demand jobs. Courses or other work that must be successfully completed before qualifying for a credential. Relates learning to career goals, includes areas learner needs to increase knowledge and skills.

7 Better prepare students for postsecondary Fewer pathway students required to take remedial courses; Castellano (2007), cited in Stipanovic, et al. (2012) Dual credit = increased graduation rates & persistence Dual credit for CTE students: increased likelihood of completing high school; increased likelihood in enrolling in a 2- or 4-year college; greater degree of persistence in postsecondary Karp, Calcagno, Hughes, Jeong, & Bailey (2007) as cited in Stipanovic, et al. (2012) Work based learning = smoother transitions Work based learning tends to result in higher levels of student engagement in school and greater success in the labor market. McCharen & High (2010); Ryken (2004) both as cited in Cairen, Withington, et al. (2012) Comprehensive Guidance and Career Counseling Leads to better career outcomes; students who received career development services reported greater career awareness and higher levels of career exploration and planning than those who did not receive such services. Lapan, Gysbers, & Sun (1997); Utah State Office of Education (2000); both as cited in Cairen, Withington, et al. (2012) Why Career Pathways?

8 Why In Alaska? Drop out rate doubles national average Lowest college going rate in nation 50% first time college students at UAA between 1998 and 2007 needed at least one developmental course (UAA CAEPR, 2012) Alaska’s job growth and needs for an Alaskan workforce.

9 Alaska Tech Prep Consortium Strategic Assessment & Reports – HECR report, CTE Plan, UA Strategic Direction, SLDS YOU…. Other states do it…is Alaska Ready?

10 An articulation agreement between secondary and postsecondary consortium partners A two plus two or four plus two design with a common core of proficiency in math, science communication and technology. A specifically developed Tech Prep curriculum Preparatory skills Tech Prep… Standards/Assessment Aligned secondary & post secondary curriculum Teaching & Learning Strategies Credit Transfer

11 Joint in-service training of secondary and postsecondary teachers to implement the Tech Prep curriculum Training of counselors to recruit students and to ensure program completion and appropriate employment. Equal access for special populations to the full range of Tech Prep programs. Employer Engagement Guidance Counseling & Advising Professional Development Accountability Tech Prep…

12 Core Standards Academic & CTE Integrated Work –based Learning Experiential Learning Alaska Performance Scholarships Alignment This tool continues to be the tool for implementing career pathways

13 Statewide Coordination goes on… Continue to provide a statewide coordination and communication role to link and leverage CP/PoS activities. Serve as a single point of contact for technical support for CP/PoS implementation. Advocate and build partnerships for sustainability

14 Continue to provide a statewide coordination and communication role to link and leverage CP/PoS activities. – Core Team (~25 statewide leaders & partners) – UA Tech Prep staff (~ 12 staff) – eNewsletters and other social media – Link and leverage for eLearning – Health focus Our work…a legacy?

15 Serve as a single point of contact for technical support for CP/PoS implementation. – REPOSITORY OF RESOURCES: Templates & tools for implementation include checklists for readiness and evaluation (HANDOUT) and a “How To Guide” – TRAINING (Prof Dev): Live and recorded webinars on how to use the resources March – April – May…stay tuned Our work…a legacy?

16 Advocate and build partnerships for sustainability – Common Language (HANDOUT), Policy Framework aka Case Statement for policy and resources – CAREER CONNECTIONS for EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT module in AKCIS, advisory group, library of best practices, how to guide, standards for Health, EMPLOYER/EDUCATOR workshops HOW TO USE – Inventory / Case Study ~ survey (SUE) and report CAEPR Our work…a legacy?

17 All youth are confidently and competently prepared for and enter jobs/careers that support themselves and their families, fueling a healthy economy for Alaska. OUTCOME:

18 Questions? Cathy LeCompte


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