Louisiana Department ofEducation Career & Technical Education (CTE) Implementing Quality Areas of Concentration December, 2010 Professional School Counselor’s Conference New Orleans, LA Presenters: Paul Theriot and Debbie Cruz
Quality CTE programs motivate student involvement in their learning by: • Engaging students in problem-solving activities. • Providing hands-on activities that allow students to apply knowledge. • Bringing students and adults together for collaborative learning. • Offering opportunities for students to interact with community members, potential employers, and others that share similar interests.
Potential additional benefits for at-risk students: • Enhancement of students’ motivation and academic achievement; • Increased personal and social competence related to work in general; • A broad understanding of an occupation or industry; • Career exploration and planning; and • Acquisition of knowledge or skills related to employment in particular occupations or more generic work experiences.
Career and Technical Education Terms • Dual Enrollment- A course that allows students to be simultaneously enrolled at both the secondary and postsecondary level. • Articulated Credit- A course taken at the secondary level only; is granted postsecondary credit if the student meets all postsecondary requirements and enrolls at that specific postsecondary institution. • STArt- Success Through Articulation agreement designates the articulation agreements that are recognized statewide. • Career Pathway- Organized plan of study that helps a student make decisions on how they will acquire the knowledge, skills, and expertise to enter the workforce successfully in their chosen career. • Industry Based Certification (IBC)- A portable recognized credential (tangible evidence) that an individual has successfully demonstrated skill competencies in a specific set of work-related tasks, single occupations area, or a cluster of related occupational areas.
Areas of Concentration (Career Pathways) • It all starts with quality, rigorous Career Pathways • It is critical that these Career Pathways prepare students for a Career ……not Just a JOB! • Today’s labor market is different than the one we grew up with. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs . . .By the age of 38!
What is a Career Pathway? • A coherent, articulated, non-duplicated sequence of rigorous academic and CTE courses, commencing in the ninth grade and leading to an associate degree, baccalaureate degree and beyond, an industry recognized certificate, and/or licensure. The Career Pathway is developed, implemented, and maintained in partnership among secondary and postsecondary education, business, and employers.
LA Career Pathways • 2010-11 Career Clusters and Career Pathways for secondary programs recently approved by BESE (68 Area of Concentrations-AOCs) • Guidebook identifies Primary and Related courses for each AOC, courses included in the STArt agreement, and Industry-Based Certifications (IBCs) available
Completing Career Pathways In LA, completion is defined as: • Completing 4 credits from a list of Primary Courses (at least one of these primary credits must be identified as a competency course) • Completing 2 credits from a list of Related Courses • Primary & related courses are recognized statewide and have state course codes/titles
Components of Quality AOC’s • Include Secondary & Postsecondary Components • Include a non-duplicative sequence of courses that is coherent and rigorous • Should provide opportunities for dual enrollment in a postsecondary program • Should lead to an industry-recognized credential (IBC), certificate, &/or an associate or baccalaureate degree
CTE Offerings at High Schools • Schools can offer courses necessary to complete AOC(s) offered by: • Offering all courses needed to complete each year on their campus • Staggering the offerings over a 2 or 3 year period (individual counseling and scheduling takes on more importance) • Dual Enrollment to “fill the gaps” in their offerings
Key Courses • Key courses to maximize AOC offerings • Journey to Careers (JTC) • Education for Careers (EFC) • Introduction to Business Computer Applications (IBCA) • Any other course(s) found in multiple AOC, especially those that are found in different Career Clusters. For example, Medical Terminology is a course that is considered a primary credit for these Health Science cluster pathways: Emergency Health Care, Health Professionals, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Sports Medicine. Several Business courses are in different Career Clusters.