|9/26/2012 1:19:00 PM|
|Career and Technical Education Programs Updated|
Over the last five years, all of Oregon’s high school programs in career and technical education (CTE) have been updated to comply with federal expectations of the Carl D. Perkins funding legislation. These secondary programs have been teamed with community college programs, creating CTE Programs of Study, which are unduplicated sequences of courses that lead seamlessly from high school through community college and on to university courses or career positions. This CTE POS focus on the grades 11-14 transition will help prepare Oregon’s students for success in competitive high skill, high wage, and high demand careers in fields that include among others, STEM, Agri-science, Biotechnology, Finance, Business Administration, CADD Manufacturing, Graphics Design, and Information Technology.
Perkins funds are used by these revised programs to help provide 21st Century curriculum based on business and industry input, articulation agreements for early college credit, technical skill assessments that lead to industry credentials, college certificates and degrees, and enhanced student support services that help plug students into the appropriate career/college pathways based on student interests and strengths.
Oregon had over 800 CTE programs when the new Perkins legislation was authorized in 2006, and now has slightly more than 700 focused, high quality programs that have undergone an extensive approval process. Success of these new CTE POS will be monitored through enhanced local and longitudinal data collections that will be reported annually, per federal and state requirements.
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