Business Technology and Industrial Technology Program Assessment June 7, 2004
Committee Members • Patricia Barker • Greg Betheil • Noah Brauner • Sandra Hanan • Betty Holloway • Lovie Lilly • Jim Memoli • Marge Mingin • Adam Noel • Lydia Yikon’a
Mission Statement • The mission of the CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION* program is to ensure that all students are equipped with the skills and competencies to thrive in a highly technological world. The program will establish the necessary pathways to post secondary education, the world of work, and life long learning. * (See program recommendations.)
Program Goals • All students will use their skills and knowledge in the context of technology, engineering, technological design, and business to promote personal and career growth. • All students will use technology tools and applications to conduct research, solve problems, improve learning, and produce products and presentations.
Program Goals • All students will develop and demonstrate career awareness and planning, employability skills, critical life skills, and foundation knowledge necessary for success in post secondary education, the workplace, and as a member of society.
Program StructureCurriculum • Guiding Standards and Principles • Curriculum provides tools that students need for their personal lives, career goals, and higher education • Elective courses as partial fulfillment of high school/State graduation requirements
Program StructureStaffing • Business Technology • 2.6 Certified Teachers • Industrial Technology • .6 Certified Teacher
Space, Materials and Equipment • Three computer labs • Other classrooms used for theory classes • Software is aligned with course curricular needs
Methods of Assessment • Student Survey (Grades 9-11) • Student Survey (Grade 12) • English Teacher Survey /External Perspectives (Grades 9-12) • Parent Survey (Grades 9-12)
Results Student Surveys • Interest or talent • 57% (Grades 9-11) • 34% (Grade 12) • General satisfaction • 58% (Grades 9-11) • 45% (Grade 12)
Results Student Surveys • Consider elective offering important • 84% (Grades 9-11) • 85% (Grade 12) • Higher education in business/industrial technology • 43% (Grades 9-11) • 44% (Grade 12) • Career goals • 56% (Grades 9-11) • 40% (Grade 12)
Results English Teacher Surveys Perception of the programs • 50% (Familiarity with the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards for Career Education and Consumer, Family, and Life Skills) • 0% (Adequate for our student population)
Results English Teacher Surveys Perceptions of How the Program is Valued • 71% (Colleagues) • 47% (Administrators) • 43% (Parents) • 80% (Students)
Looking Toward the FutureOther Programs and Initiatives CAD Certification • American Design and Drafting Association • Accreditation process • Content of curriculum • Condition of facilities • Experience of instructional staff • Community advisory committee • ADDA Drafter Certification Exam/Two year course of study
Looking Toward the FutureOther Programs and Initiatives Junior MBA Program • Partnership between Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business and Columbia High School • Faculty mentors • College courses and other functions • JMBA Certificate from SHU and CHS
Looking Toward the FutureOther Programs and Initiatives IC3 and MOS Certification • Standards based with a goal of computer literacy • Certification Exam • Computing fundamentals • Key applications • Living online • Used to validate computer courses, strengthen computer literacy, and offer teacher professional development opportunities
Looking Toward the FutureOther Programs and Initiatives Model Programs in Other New Jersey Districts • Diverse course offerings • Honors level courses • International business courses • Career course requirement • Portfolio development and assessment • Self assessment • College plan • Career plan • Job-seeking skills (resume, application letters, etc.)
Recommendations • Merge the Business Technology Department and Industrial Technology Department under the title of the Career and Technical Education Department in order to reflect the newly adopted state standards (April, 2004)
Recommendations • Re-evaluate the program offerings in order that they: • Align with the newly adopted state standards; • Interface with other curricular areas; and • Conform to the needs of the workplace
Recommendations • Align future and current curriculum offerings with models presented by state and professional business and technology associations.
Recommendations • Explore different options for the leadership of the department, given the time requirement and expertise needed • Create dedicated classrooms and laboratories for technical education courses
Recommendations • Develop a system of maintenance and security for department computer labs • Replace departmental hardware and equipment to keep up with the demands of current software
Recommendations • Maintain industry standard software that is consistent in all departmental labs • Evaluate and replace course materials, where necessary, for alignment with the newly adopted state standards
Recommendations • Explore career and technical initiatives such as CAD Certification, the Junior MBA Program, and the IC3 and MOS Certification to motivate students toward achievement and to assist students toward career planning, higher education, and competitiveness in the international marketplace.
Recommendations • Create a paradigm shift in the community’s perception about the program through active and improved communication. • Provide professional development opportunities for all staff members