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Title: Using Career Clusters In Career Development


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Using Career Clusters In Career Development
  • Presented by
  • Belinda McCharen, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, NCCC
  • Tuttle Endowed Chair for Occupational Studies
  • College of Education
  • Oklahoma State University
  • belinda.mccharen_at_okstate.edu

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So Why Are We Here?
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Essential Questions
  • Why are we using career clusters, career pathways
    and programs of study to provide a basis for
    career development?
  • Is our current system of guidance and advisement
    providing avenues of success for all learners
    (secondary, postsecondary, adults)?

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Vocational Education vs. Career and Technical
Education
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Key Terms
  • Career Cluster
  • Career Pathway
  • Program of Study
  • Career Major
  • Plan of Study
  • Dual Credit

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Need to Know Information about Perkins?
  • At least one Program of Study must be in place
    during the 2008-09 school year
  • The Programs of Study must include courses at
    both the secondary and postsecondary levels

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Need to Know Information about Perkins
  • The Programs of Study must include both academic
    and CTE/degree major courses and
  • The Programs of Study must lead somewhere a
    credential, certificate, license, degree, etc.

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Key Terms
  • Career Clusters are groupings of occupations and
    industries
  • A Career Pathway represents a grouping of
    occupations within a cluster based on
    commonalities
  • A Program of Study is sequence of courses used to
    get students from high school entry to success in
    careers and postsecondary education/both academic
    and technical courses

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Key Terms, cont.
  • A Plan of Study is the tool used to help students
    identify the courses needed to reach their career
    goal and establish their educational strategy
  • Dual Credit is college credit earned by being
    enrolled in courses at the tech center and
    earning credit from a community college

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National Perspective
  • System Philosophy for Career Clusters
  • Career-focused educational reform
  • Career Development Instruction Delivery
    Seamless Education
  • Framework in which occupationally-specific
    programs are one component
  • Connects career development and guidance to
    delivery systems
  • Vertical and horizontal transfer of
    knowledge/skills

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National Perspective
  • Career Clusters require a shift in thinking from
    ONLY specific occupational education and skills
    training to a seamless system
  • Career Clusters require CTE programs to quit
    thinking as stand-alone and begin thinking as
    part of a seamless system
  • Career Clusters require long-term commitment of
    every partner in its role within the system
  • Career Clusters support workforce preparation and
    economic development

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Lets Say It Again
  • A Plan of Study is the framework to get students
    from high school entry to success in careers and
    postsecondary education
  • Its not hard, but someone has to take the lead
    and dedicate the time
  • You are the leaders to implement

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Whats Most Important?
  • NOT What you call courses
  • NOT How many courses you take
  • Its being sure students get the content and the
    career development they need in a format they can
    understand

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Where Do Clusters Fit in the Educational System?
  • Elementary, Middle and Comprehensive High Schools
  • Career Academies
  • Small Learning Communities
  • Technology Centers/Tech Colleges
  • Magnet Schools
  • Community Colleges
  • Universities
  • Business and Industry (re-tool, cross-train,
    career ladders/lattices)

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16 Career Clusters


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Connections
  • Strategies
  • Perkins
  • School-to-Careers
  • HSTW
  • Tech Prep
  • Career Academies
  • Small Learning Communities
  • Career-Themed Instruction
  • Career Development
  • Career/Transition Planning

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What are the Programs of Study?
  • A sequenced listing of courses, both academic and
    CTE/degree major, that connects students high
    school and postsecondary educational experiences

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REMEMBER
  • Courses that teach knowledge and skills to reach
    industry standards for specific careers NEED TO
    BE ADDED to the student program of study

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  • www.careerclusters.org

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CAREER
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SKILL DEVELOPMENT
CAREER MAJOR
PATHWAY KS
CLUSTER KS
9TH GRADE
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How Is A Plan of Study Used?
  • It is the advisement document that interprets the
    program of study to students and
    parents/guardians
  • Provides a tool to plan academic and technical
    courses to achieve a career goal
  • It is a student, teacher and counselor
  • roadmap to career success

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How Will You Help Implement?
  • Understand the purpose of clusters and pathways
  • Understand how clusters and pathways help connect
    to the next level of education and careers
  • How will teachers be involved?
  • Know if clusters and instruction will be
    connected to a career plan

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So Are You Ready?
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ASCA National Standards
  • Academic Development
  • The academic standards serve as a guide for the
    school counseling program to implement strategies
    and activities that support and maximize student
    learning. Academic development includes
  • Acquiring skills, attitudes, and knowledge to
    learn effectively
  • Employing strategies to achieve success in
    school and
  • Understanding the relationship of academics to
    the world of work, and to life at home and in the
    community.

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ASCA National Standards
  • Career Development
  • Program standards for career development serve as
    a guide for the school counseling program to
    provide the foundation for acquiring the skills,
    attitudes, and knowledge that enable students to
    make a successful transition from school to the
    world of work. Career development includes
  • strategies to achieve future career success and
    job satisfaction
  • fostering an understanding of the relationship
    between personal qualities, education and
    training, and the world of work and
  • the development of career goals by all students
    as a result of career awareness and experiential
    activities.

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ASCA National Standards
  • Personal/Social Development
  • Program standards for personal/social development
    serve as a guide for the school counseling
    program to provide the foundation for personal
    and social growth which contributes to academic
    and career success. Personal/social development
    includes
  • the acquisition of skills, attitudes, and
    knowledge which helps students to respect self
    and others
  • the use of effective interpersonal skills
  • the employment of safety and survival skills
  • understanding the obligation to be a contributing
    member of our society and
  • the ability to negotiate successfully and safely
    in the increasingly complex and diverse world of
    the 21st century.

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Which Standards Do Programs of Study Facilitate?
  • Understanding the relationship of academics to
    the world of work, and to life at home and in the
    community.
  • Strategies to achieve future career success and
    job satisfaction
  • Fostering an understanding of the relationship
    between personal qualities, education and
    training, and the world of work and
  • Development of career goals by all students as a
    result of career awareness and experiential
    activities

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Plan of Study Checklist
  • Are both academic and degree major courses
    included?
  • Are both secondary and postsecondary courses
    included?
  • Do courses represent a sequence of instruction
    that leads to a degree, certificate or credential?

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POS Checklist, cont.
  • Do courses represent a coherent and rigorous
    program of studies?
  • Does completion of the high school courses ensure
    success at the postsecondary/career level?
  • Does the high school plan reflect opportunities
    for postsecondary and dual enrollment?

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Implementation of the Pathways Provides
  • Consistency for better data (results) and shared
    opportunities for development
  • Articulation within and between states
  • Employer and postsecondary validated standards
  • Opportunities for all students
  • A place for all career goals and interests

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Critical Components for Cluster Implementation
  • Administrative Support
  • Shared Planning
  • Career Development
  • Professional Development
  • Parent and Community Support
  • Education Partnerships
  • BI Support and Understanding

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Critical Components for Cluster Implementation
  • Career Development Process
  • Connect Planning with Enrollment
  • Student Centered Learning
  • Commitment to Career Development/Guidance for all
    students

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Why Do All This?
  • Worst Reasons!!!
  • Perkins Legislation
  • Just to get the money
  • Someone says we have to

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Why Do All This?
  • Best Reasons!!!
  • It is best for students
  • It links the various levels of education
  • It causes academic courses and CTE/degree major
    courses to have a linkage
  • It gives faculty members a reason to work together

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Why Do All This?
  • It puts a reason into what students are
    learning
  • Reduce remediation
  • Increase academic and career success
  • It adds value to CTEno one else is doing it for
    students!!

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Benefits for Learners
  • Enhances academics by providing real-world
    relevance
  • Provides opportunities to explore multiple
    pathways and relates high profile careers to real
    life situations
  • Relationships among educational institutions
  • Sets them apart from
  • the pack

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Benefits for Teachers/Faculty
  • Curriculum can be tailored to the needs of the
    community
  • Opportunity to integrate CTE and traditional
    academics
  • Opportunity to enhance academic achievement for
    all students

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Benefits for Counselors/Advisors
  • Provides structure for advisement
  • Provides context to discuss enrollment,
    assessment and future transitions/career plans
  • Provides information for parents to partner in
    planning process
  • Provides connection to business and industry and
    demand careers

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Benefits for Postsecondary
  • Learners who have established a career path
  • Learners with better academic skills and in need
    of less remediation
  • Avenue to connect
  • with high school

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Benefits for Parents
  • Smoother entry into postsecondary education
  • Students can make better career decisions
  • Students have a plan for high school completion
    and college

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Benefits for Workforce Development and Business
  • Provides a well qualified workforce which can
    quickly adapt to changing needs
  • Opportunity for input in school curriculum
  • Framework for cross-training or re-tooling the
    workforce

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Get Excited!!
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And get moving
  • The students are waiting to plan their future!

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If I can provide you with any assistance, please
contact
  • Belinda McCharen
  • belinda.mccharen_at_okstate.edu
  • 405.744.9502
  • Or 405.623.6196 (cell)
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