ARKANSAS CTE VISION The vision for the Career and Technical Education Division (CTE) of the Arkansas Department of Career Education through 2015 is to modernize college- and career-readiness programs through innovation, collaboration, alignment and accountability to provide students technical skills developments and guidance toward career opportunities.
PROGRAM OF STUDY (POS)/ CAREER PATHWAYS “ROAD MAPS” jointly produced by educators and employers, showing the connections between education and training programs and jobs in a given sector and at different levels. Career Pathway Primer & Planning Guide, Davis Jenkins, University of Illinois at Chicago
ACT 743 – Definition of Program of study revision in 2015 legislative session A rigorous career and technical education program of study that links secondary education and postsecondary education and combines academic and technical education in a structured sequence of courses that progresses from broad foundation skills to occupationally special courses. A student may earn Postsecondary credits for career and technical education program of study courses that lead to a postsecondary credential, certificate, or degree may be awarded.
1. LEGISLATION AND POLICIES Put into place state and local legislation or administratve policies that promote Program of Study Development/Implementation Provide for state/local funding and other resources Require secondary students to develop individual graduation and/or career plans
2. PARTNERSHIPS Develop Regional Advisory Councils Ongoing analyses of economic and workforce trends Link existing initiatives that promote workforce and economic development Identify, validate, and keep current technical and workforce readiness skills
3. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Curriculum alignment from grade to grade and from secondary to postsecondary Integrated academic and CTE curriculum and instruction Foster innovative teaching and learning strategies
4. ACCOUNTABILITY AND EVALUATION Student education and employment data record matching Key student Perkins outcomes Provide timely data to evaluate and improve Program of Study
5.COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS STANDARDS Developed and validated in collaboration with secondary, postsecondary, and industry Incorporate essential knowledge and skills Provide rigorous English and math knowledge and skills Incorporate industry-recognized technical standards
6. COURSE SEQUENCES Map academic and CTE courses Introductory courses at secondary Pathway and occupation- specific courses at or through postsecondary institutions Identify opportunities for postsecondary credit for coursework (concurrent credit)
I n education we think in a linear fashion. Pre-school, then kindergarten, then elementary then secondary, postsecondary and career. Design the Program of Study, backwards.
7. CREDIT TRANSFER Transferability of postsecondary credit earned in high school (concurrent credit) Automatically transcripted credit Seamless process to earn postsecondary credit
8.GUIDANCE COUNSELING AND ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT Based on state/ local guidance and counseling standards Ensure up-to-date information Offer information and tools about postsecondary and career options Offer resources to identify career interests and aptitudes Provide information and resources to parents Offer web-based resources/tools
9.TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES Academic and CTE interdisciplinary teaching teams Contextualized work- based, project-based, and problem-based learning Team-building, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills
10. TECHNICAL SKILL ASSESSMENTS Industry-approved technical skill assessments State-developed and/or approved assessments where industry-approved assessments do not exist Performance-based assessment items- where students must demonstrate the application of their knowledge and skills
START-UP GRANT TIMELINE Offcycle- - Start date August, 2015 – May 1, 2015 Submit completed start-up grant Program Coordinator will approve/disapprove for August, 2016 start Resubmittal if funding is desired by October 1, 2015 Submit by October 1, 2015 – Start date August, 2016 Reimbursement Deadline December 15 for 14-15 grant awards