2Before the WECMApproximately 33,000 CTE courses were individually approved and on college “inventories” across the state.Difficulties with portability of credits to and from Texas community and technical colleges.Difficult for employers to determine levels and content of training received by students from various colleges.Other state agencies had to individually approve courses
3What is the WECM? Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) The WECM is a web accessible database of preapproved courses for use by the State’s community and technical colleges.Housed and funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)Managed by the WECM Project StaffOverseen by the WECM Leadership CommitteeMaintained by community and technical college faculty at Annual Course Review WECM Workshops
4Why Do We Need the WECM?Consolidation and standardization of workforce courses across the state (33,000 then, 17,000 now)Ensure that curriculum remains current and aligned with industry needsAllow for portability of credit between Texas community and technical collegesProvide for a mechanism to allocate state contact hour reimbursement dollarsProvide assurances and accountability to the legislature for workforce training dollars
5What is the WECM Project? An ongoing evolving processA “field driven” processA website and database maintained by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating BoardA catalog of courses, not programsA network of workforce higher education professionals from across the state of Texas
8What is the WECM Protocol? A document published on the WECM website that reflects decisions made in the creation of the WECM and those made by both the THECB and the WECM Leadership Committee since that time. It addressescourse structure and course types,course review workshop models,the roles of professionals in the WECM maintenance, andthe composition and operation of the WECM Leadership Committee.
9Who Keeps it Going?WECM Project Staff–daily operation & WECM WorkshopsWECM Leadership Committee – oversee maintenance and maintain WECM ProtocolTACE WECM Committee–review CE ST & LNWECM Workshops – review courses within a CIP code approx. every 3 years, typically in the summerFacilitators – college administrators (CE or credit)Instructional Specialist – college faculty (CE or credit)Data SpecialistTHECB – assist in maintenance, maintain database
10Why Review a WECM Course? The review, revision, creation and archiving of WECM courses is done consistently and according to the WECM Protocol.Triggers for a WECM Course Review includethe number of local need and special topics courses submitted since last review,changes in technology,changes in external agency requirements,State curriculum initiatives, etc.
11WECM Course Review Workshops Past course selection methodThree-year rotation for courses within a CIP.Special Topics/Local Needs courses within the CIP.CIPs that were affected by the various triggers were added as appropriate.A “mish-mash” of courses being reviewed any given year.
12WECM’s PurposeOngoing maintenance of a catalog of courses for career and technical programs in community and technical colleges in Texas.
13WECM Task Force Develop a better process to group courses for review Career ClustersCareer PathwaysPrograms of Study
14WECM Task Force Within a Career Cluster: (Ruffling, 2010). the foundation level knowledge and skills extend to all pathways within the clusterthen at the pathway level there is another common group of knowledge and skillsthe specialty level the skills are unique to a pathway.(Ruffling, 2010).
1516 Career Clusters- The sixteen career clusters provide an organizing tool
16WECM Task Force Career Clusters and Programs of Study Develop a better process to group courses for reviewCareer Clusters and Programs of StudyAllow review of Common Courses with Instructional Specialists from Programs of StudyData evaluation required
18WECM Task Force Develop a better process to group courses for review Career Clusters and Programs of StudyAllow review of Common Courses with Instructional Specialists from Programs of StudyContinue to use triggersST/LN submissionsCertification/Licensure changesWECM CommentsEmerging TechnologiesEtc.
19WECM Task Force Develop a better process to group courses for review Career Clusters and Programs of StudyAllow review of Common Courses with Instructional Specialists from Programs of StudyContinue to use triggers2. Evaluate the workshop formatNew Format – begin 2012
20WECM Task Force New Format – begins 2012 Workshop format - Day 1 Half–day facilitator training
21WECM Task ForceWorkshop format - Day 2 – Instructional specialists arrive1. Orientation to workshop review proceduresProtocolCIP CodesRubricsCourse TitlesCourse DescriptionsEnd – of – Course OutcomesCareer ClustersPrograms of StudyCommon Course Review2. Course review begins
22WECM Task Force Workshop format - Day 3 Course Review TEKS Review – assist Texas Education Agency with mandated task of making changes to TEKS standards
23WECM Task Force1. Develop a better process to group courses for reviewCareer Clusters and Programs of StudyAllow review of Common Courses with Instructional Specialists from Programs of StudyContinue to use triggers2. Evaluate the workshop formatNew Format – begin full implementation with 2012 workshopsAssist Texas Education Agency with mandated task of making changes to TEKS standards – began with 2011 workshops
24WECM Task Group Questions? Jeffrey Parks Dean of Industrial and Applied TechnologySan Jacinto CollegeGarry TomerlinDirector of Academic AnalysisTarrant County CollegeDawn FinleyWECM Project DirectorMidland College