3WECM OrganizationWECM courses are arranged by 6-digit CIP Code relating to a specific occupation or job titleBased on learning outcomesFederal taxonomy developed by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s National Center for Education StatisticsCIP does not identify the only discipline that may use the course
4Course Elements CIP Code Course Rubric Course Level Course Number End-of-Course OutcomesCourse TitleCourse DescriptionsContact HoursSuggested Prerequisite
5Course RubricFour letter prefixes identify courses with cluster of skills & knowledgee.g. POFTnot an acronymDoes not identify the only discipline that may use the course
6Course RubricShould not commonly be in use or have previously been usedExisting course rubric should not be changed unless compelling and substantiated reasons are presented and approved by all Instructional Specialists at a WECM Workshop AND all changes are approved by the WECM Leadership Committee, TACRAO, and the CB.
7Course Title Reflects the outcomes of the course Should not contain vendor information unless a vendor specific course
8Course TitlePublished WECM title for SCH courses must appear in college publications and on transcripts.For CEU courses, workforce marketing titles may be used; however, all CEU mirror courses must use the published WECM title.
9Course LevelIndicates whether the course is introductory, intermediate, or advanced, as recommended by instructional specialistsFirst digit in the course number specifies the course level
10Course Number Four digit number after rubric 1st digit indicates Course Level1 = Introductory LevelMay be Intermediate Level2 = Advanced Level2nd digit indicates SCH/CEU
11Course NumbersCourse Number is assigned by WECM Project staff based on the following system:1x00 to 1x39—Introductory1x40 to 1x59 and 2x00 to 2x29—Intermediate2x30 to 2x59—AdvancedThe “x” indicates the SCH and CEU value and must comply with range allowed by the GIPWE
12Course Number (continued) 3rd digit indicates Course Type00-59 Lecture-Lab60-63 Clinical64-69 Practicum70-79 Local Need80-85 Cooperative Education86-89 Internship90-99 Special Topics4th digit is the suggested sequence number
13Course DescriptionDescribes overall goals, content, & major topics (based on Outcomes without restating them)Contains 25 – 100 wordsBegins with a phrase like:A course in…An introduction to…A study of…Survey of …
14End-of-Course Outcomes Always start with one present tense action verbSolveSketchCreateUsually contain an object of the actionSolve a quadratic equationSketch a story lineCreate a complex telecommunications networkEdit digital images for print
15Contact HoursEach WECM course has a suitable range of contact hours necessary to master minimum learning outcomesRange allows each college a choice of instructional strategies via lecture/lab componentsSCH courses must follow the established ratios for credit and contact hour assignmentsRange chart can be found in GIPWE Chapter 4
16Suggested Prerequisite Specific list of prerequisite course(s), skill(s), or knowledgeInstructional specialists at a WECM Course Review Workshop must agree on all course prerequisites. (ITNW 2305)
18UNIQUE TYPES OF COURSES Special Topics CourseLocal Need CourseMirror Image CourseVendor Specific CourseCEU Short-Hour CourseCEU Professional Certification CourseLess Than 7-Hour Mandatory Licensure/Credentialing CourseWECM/ACGM and FOS CourseExternal Learning Experience Course
19Special Topics Courses Available within each six-digit CIP code. College chooses discipline-specific learning outcomes for these courses. Identified by a “9” in the third digit of the course number.Used when course content changes frequently.
21Local Need CoursesColleges may submit Local Need courses to respond to unique local or regional conditions. Evidence of need for these courses must be substantiated by support from business and industry in a limited geographical area.Same course content is offered consistently over a period of time.
22Local Need & Special Topics Courses Course content must be related to workforce educationReviewed at Course Review WorkshopsValid for 24 months after which time college must resubmitSubmit course title, description, and learning outcomes to appropriate college personnel.
23Not Valid for WECM Special Topics/Local Need Conversational SpanishUnderstanding Your Digital CameraEnglish as a Second LanguagePersonal FinanceInvest for Your RetirementAlcohol Awareness for MinorsComputers for Grandparents
24Valid WECM Special Topics/Local Need Courses Customer Service SpanishDigital Photography for Non-Profit AgenciesManufacturing Terminology and CommunicationSmall Business Finance for Office ManagersAlcohol Abuse Counseling Theoriesfor Business Effectiveness
25Mirror Image CourseMany Semester Credit Hour (SCH) courses have exact replicas (mirror images) offered for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).Referenced in the WECM below course number.
28Vendor Specific Course Specifically accommodates the instructional requirements of commercial vendorsOccurs primarily in the Information Technology areas. Designed for students seeking certifications in the use of various software packages, network engineering, etc. (ITMT 1300)
30Generic Non-Vendor Course For some vendor specific courses, parallel courses that are not vendor specific are also included in the WECM. These are designed for institutions wishing to offer courses addressing similar outcomes as those in vendor specific courses but the institutions are not vendor authorized.“Not a vendor specific course. A vendor specific course is available as follows: _____.” (ITNW 1308)
32CEU Short-Hour Course Available for Continuing Education training 7-40 contact hoursUsed for appropriate workforce education courses.Usually written in Course Review Workshops as a result of a large volume of Special Topics/Local Need courses dealing with a specific topic.Search for Short-Hour Courses.
33CEU Professional Development Courses Intensive training in an identified area(s) to meet continuing education and/or review/update requirements associated with professional licensure or certification.Limited to 7-24 contact hours. (CSME 2000)
35Less Than 7-Hour Mandatory Licensure/Credentialing Courses Contained in the WECM for such topics as Real Estate, Hepatitis Training, etc.Colleges send these courses as Local Need to CB.CB verifies mandatory training for licensure/certification with state agency.CB sends to WECM Maintenance Project for incorporation into WECM.List can be obtained at WECM website.
36EXTERNAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE COURSE Cooperative education, Practicum (or field experience), Internship, ClinicalIncluded in each six-digit CIP code as appropriateGenerically describedGuidelines described in Chapter 3 of GIPWERefer to tables in Chapter 4 of GIPWE for allowable credit and related contact hour ranges (POFT 1x81)
39New WECM CoursesOnly written in WECM Course Review Workshops as a result of review of Special Topics/Local Need courses.In rare instances, written as a result of recent licensure or certification in a specific field.May also be written to meet the demand of emerging and high-tech occupations.Recommended by statewide Curriculum Consortium.Search for New Courses.See list of New Courses.
40Revised WECM CourseA course that has been modified since September of the current year to enhance course title, level, description, learning outcomes, reference information, recommended lab, and/or contact hours for increased usability.Search for Revised coursesSee List of Revised courses.
41Archive Pending Courses A course that is unused, obsolete, inadequate, or duplicated and has been recommended to be removed from the WECM database to an archive database for future reference. Available for use and FUNDING until the indicated archive date.Courses archived this fiscal year will be available for funding until August 31, 2009.Search for Archive Pending Courses.See list of Archive Pending Courses.
42Archived Courses Search for Archived Courses. A course that is unused, obsolete, inadequate, or duplicated and has already been removed from the WECM database to an archive database for future reference.No longer available for use and no longer eligible for funding.Search for Archived Courses.
43Definitions Archive Archive Pending Removal of course from WECM databaseNo longer reimbursableArchive PendingNotice that course will be archived following September 1 of the next fiscal year.
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