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1 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

2 Why are we here?

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


5  Career Clusters and Pathways  Administrative Planning Guide  Career Planning Guide  RU Ready Magazine  The Virginia Education Wizard

6 Vocational Education Career & Technical Ed. *For a few students *For all students *For a few “jobs” *For all “careers” *6-7 Program areas *16 Career Clusters 79 Career Pathways *In-lieu of Academics *Aligns/supports Academics *High School Focused *HS and College Partnerships

7  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:

8   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 eer_clusters/sample_plans_study/index.shtml eer_clusters/sample_plans_study/index.shtml 

9 Career Clusters’ icons are being used with permission of the: States’ Career Clusters Initiative, 2006, Career Clusters

10  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

11  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. ction/career_tech/cters/users_manual.pdf ction/career_tech/cters/users_manual.pdf

12 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

13 9 12 11 10 Cluster Knowledge and Skills 13 14 15 16 16+ Grade Securities and Investments Pathway K & S Specific Skill Preparation May Continue Adult Education Entry and Exit Points Courtesy of Benson Consulting – July 2007 Banking Services Pathway K & S Pathway K & S Business Finance Pathway K & S Insurance Pathway K & S Pathway K & S Accounting Pathway K & S

14 CTE Website cal/career_clusters/index.shtml 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 States' Career Clusters Initiative website Sample Plans of Study Resources



17  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, duation/index.shtml, click on one of the diploma types listed (Note: The technical diplomas have been delayed once again by the General Assembly). duation/index.shtml













30 Academic and Career Plan (ACP)

31 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.

32 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)

33 Standards of Accreditation: Overview of Academic and Career Plan (ACP )

34 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.

35 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;

36 Academic and Career Plan  The Board of Education has established guidelines for development of the Plan. accreditation/guidelines_academic_career_plans.pdf 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.

37 ACP Technical Assistance Document mic_career_plan/technical_assistance.pdf Explanation/Requirements Timeline/Guidelines Template Components Responsibilities Sample Questions for Students Resources and Policies Case Scenarios (Implementation with all students) Appendices December, 200937


39 December, 200939

40 December, 200940

41  Career Clusters in Virginia Website sters/index.shtml sters/index.shtml 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  r u ready? Magazine, Revised annually in the fall  Virginia ’ s Career Planning System--Virginia Wizard (in development)

42 Youth Appealing resourceYouth Appealing resource Online and in printOnline and in print Sophomores in High SchoolSophomores in High School Plans for Life After HighPlans for Life After High School School Educational OpportunitiesEducational Opportunities in HS in HS PDF Version on the CTEPDF Version on the CTE Home Page Home Page

43 Designed for 8th grade parents to help with the transition to high schoolDesigned for 8th grade parents to help with the transition to high school Designed as a Folder for HS Course RequestsDesigned as a Folder for HS Course Requests Web SitesWeb Sites Career Cluster InformationCareer Cluster Information

44 Classroom curriculum companion piece to the r u ready? Magazine Download from CTE web site or order from CTE Resource Center web site


46  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












58 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. REMEMBER: We are helping students plan FOR LIFE, not just for high school graduation!

59 Contact: Joseph Wharff School Counseling Connections Specialist Virginia Department of Education (804) 225-3370

60 Lolita B. HallAnne Rowe CTE State DirectorCTE Coordinator 804-225-2847804 225-2838 George Willcox CTE Coordinator 804 225-2839 Virginia Department of Education P. O. Box 2120 Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120 CTE Website:

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