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Title: Career Pathways 101: A Tour Guide

Career Pathways 101 A Tour Guide
Career Pathways Perkins
  • Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education
    Act of 2006
  • Reauthorized from 1998 legislation
  • Reauthorized through fiscal year 2012
  • Purpose of the Act
  • To develop more fully the academic and career and
    technical skills of secondary education students
    and postsecondary education students who elect to
    enroll in career and technical education programs

Perkins Funds
  • Louisiana Community Technical College System
  • Postsecondary
  • Technical College Campuses
  • Community College Campuses
  • Universities with 2-year Associate Degrees in CTE
  • Secondary (grades 8-12) through State
    Department of Education
  • Parish School Systems
  • City School Districts
  • Special School Districts

Perkins Requirements
  • Build on efforts of states and localities to
    develop challenging academic and technical
    standards to assist students in preparation for
    high-skill, high-wage or high-demand occupations
  • Promote the development of services and
    activities that integrate rigorous and
    challenging academic and career and technical
    instruction, and that link secondary education
    and postsecondary education
  • Support partnerships among secondary schools,
    postsecondary institutions, baccalaureate degree
    granting institutions, area career and technical
    education schools, local workforce boards,
    business and industry
  • Provide individuals with opportunities throughout
    their lifetimes to develop, in conjunction with
    other education and training programs, the
    knowledge and skills needed to keep the United
    States competitive

What are Career Clusters?
  • Groupings of occupations and industries
  • Based on common Knowledge and Skills
  • Organizing tools for curriculum design
  • Guidance model
  • Instructional model

How were clusters developed?
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • National Association of State Directors of Career
    Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
  • National Advisory Committees (each cluster)
  • Business and Industry
  • Labor
  • Government
  • Education (secondary postsecondary)

16 Career Clusters
16 clusters which include validated knowledge and
Career Clusters as a Tool
  • Blends rigorous academic/technical preparation
  • Provides career planning
  • Offers options for students to experience all
    aspects of an industry
  • Facilitates/assists students with transitions

Cluster Approach
  • Strategy to organize instruction and student
    experience around career themes
  • Incorporates existing school reform strategies
    (career academies, small learning communities,
  • Connects to business and higher education
  • Connects academic, technical and employability
    knowledge and skills

Career Clusters DO NOT
  • Take away current programs
  • Take away occupational areas
  • Track learners into a single job

Career Clusters DO
  • Provide a framework that current programs slot
  • Provide a framework for seamless education
  • Provide MORE career options for learners
  • Provide a framework for addressing the entire
    world of work
  • Provide a picture of how Knowledge and Skills
    transfer vertically and horizontally

Career Clusters Framework
Foundation KS Topics
  • Academics
  • Communications
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology
  • Systems
  • Safety, Health and Environment
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Ethics and Legal Responsibility
  • Employability and Career Development
  • Technical Skills

Career Pathways
  • A coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous
    academic and career courses, commencing in the
    9th grade and leading to an associate degree,
    and/or an industry-recognized certificate or
    licensure, and/or a baccalaureate degree and
  • Developed, implemented, and maintained in
    partnership among secondary and postsecondary
    education, business, and employers
  • Formulated by grouping professions that require
    similar talents, knowledge and skills
  • Available to all students, including adult
  • Designed to lead to rewarding careers

Occupational Specialties
  • Specific occupations within the cluster / pathway
  • Advanced skills typically taught for a particular

Pathway Model
Programs of Study
  • State developed or approved programs, which may
    be adopted by local education agencies and
    postsecondary institutions to be offered as an
    option to students when planning for and
    completing future coursework for career and
    technical content areas
  • Incorporate secondary and postsecondary elements
  • Include coherent and rigorous content aligned
    with challenging academic standards and relevant
    career and technical content in a coordinated,
    non-duplicative progression of courses that align
    secondary education with postsecondary education
    to adequately prepare students to succeed in
    postsecondary education
  • May include the opportunity for secondary
    education students to participate in dual or
    concurrent enrollment programs or other ways to
    acquire postsecondary education credits
  • Lead to an industry-recognized credential or
    certificate at the postsecondary level, or an
    associate or baccalaureate degree

Sample Program of Study
Put it all together !
  • Career Cluster (16)
  • Student will choose after career guidance and
  • Career Pathway (81)
  • Student will choose a pathway within the cluster
    that narrows the career choice
  • Program of Study (endless)
  • Student will use the Program of Study to plan
    high school course selection to prepare for
    postsecondary education or career choice
  • Personal Plan of Study (each student)
  • Students personal plan of coursework
  • Revisited annually

Where do clusters fit?
  • Elementary, Middle and Comprehensive High Schools
  • Career Academies
  • Small Learning Communities
  • Regional Career Centers
  • Magnet Schools
  • Technical Colleges
  • Community Colleges
  • Business and Industry

Educational System Model
  • Career Awareness (Grades K-5)
  • Career Exploration (Grades 6-8)
  • Career Preparation/Transportable Skills (Grades
  • Advanced Technical Skills/Continuing
    Education/Lifelong Learning

  • How does the career clusters/career pathways
    approach affect
  • Students
  • Teachers/Faculty
  • Counselors
  • Schools
  • Business/Industry
  • Parents

  • Enhances academic achievement by providing
    real-world relevance
  • Provides opportunities to explore multiple
  • Helps relate high profile careers to real life
  • Eases transition between education levels and
    into workforce (and maybe quicker)

  • Curriculum can be tailored to the needs of the
  • Opportunity to integrate CTE and traditional
  • Opportunity to enhance academic achievement for
    all students
  • Learners are more focused and engaged

  • Connects learner interest with coursework
  • Helps explain to students the need for course
    selection / requirements
  • Motivates students to reach higher academic
  • Helps counsel students towards appropriate
    postsecondary education
  • Shows relevance of school to postsecondary and
    lifelong learning

Secondary Schools
  • Broadens the scope of existing curricula
  • Encourages coordination among faculty
  • Provides a framework for curriculum alignment

Postsecondary Schools
  • Learners who have established a career path
  • Learners with better academic skills and in need
    of less remediation

  • Provides a well qualified workforce which can
    quickly adapt to changing needs
  • Gives them the opportunity for input in school
  • Builds a framework for cross-training or
    re-tooling the workforce

  • Their child has a smoother entry into
    postsecondary education
  • Their child will be more prepared for making
    better career decisions
  • savings in education costs

Getting Started
  • Recognize the need for school-wide change
  • Involve the community
  • Build staff capacity
  • Identify career themes
  • Develop advisory boards
  • Focus on professional development

What does all this mean?
  • Career Clusters are a part of our future.
  • They are a win-win for learners, parents,
    educators, and businesses.
  • They are flexible.
  • They fit into any educational setting.

What about Louisiana?
  • Louisiana has adopted 16 career clusters
  • 70 career pathways have been designated
    throughout state
  • Programs of study developed at state meeting
  • DOE, LCTCS, BOR working together
  • State articulation agreements signed
  • High School ReDesign committed to change

  • States Career Clusters Initiative
  • Preferred Product/Technical Assistance Providers
  • Brochures, Posters, Resources CD
  • Pathway Models
  • Interest Inventory
  • Career Clusters Tour Guide, Modules 1 2
  • 8th Annual Career Clusters Institute June
    14-16, 2010 Denver, CO

  • College and Career Transitions Iniviative (CCTI)
  • Funded by the U.S. Department of Education
  • League for Innovation in the Community College
  • Leaders in development of the Programs of Study
  • League for Innovation Summit March 28-31, 2010
    Baltimore, MD

Contact Information
Melba Kennedy, Program Coordinator for Secondary
to Postsecondary Transitions Louisiana Community
Technical College System 265 South Foster
Drive Baton Rouge LA 70806 Phone
Terri Cedars, CCT Coordinator Region 7 South
Partnership LTC Natchitoches Campus PO Box
657 Natchitoches LA 71457 Phone
Cheryl Probst, CCT Coordinator Region 6 East
Partnership 508 John Dale Drive, Suite B Vidalia
LA 71373 Phone 318-336-4746 x 15246 Cell
Donnis Poe, CCT Coordinator Region 6 West
Partnership LTC Alexandria Campus PO Box
5698 Alexandria LA 71307-5698 Phone 318-487-5443
x 125 Cell 318-308-5308