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An Oregon Career and Technical Education Program of Study (CTE POS) is a sequence of courses, aligned to industry standards at the secondary and post-secondary level, that integrates technical and career skill proficiencies with academic content. A CTE POS prepares students for the workplace, further education, training, and community roles. Use the documents and resources below to research, develop and submit an application for a CTE Program of Study. State approved Programs of Study are eligible to use federal Carl D. Perkins funds to help improve student performance.

Application Resources

  • Technical Skill Standards: The Oregon Skill Sets
    These are the industry standards approved by Oregon Business and Industry, which originated in the national Career Clusters Initiative® skill sets (CCI). Use these skill sets to identify the knowledge and skills that students need to acquire in your Program of Study in order to be successful in their next steps in this career area, both in college and in career positions.
    • Common Career Technical Core (CCTC): The national industry standards created by the Career Clusters Initiative®
      • Career Ready Practices: Employment, workplace, and learning environment knowledge and skills needed for success in college and in career.
      • Essential Skills - Replaced the Career Related Learning Standards, and go way beyond the Read & Comprehend, Write Clearly and Accurately, and Apply Mathematics in a Variety of Settings that districts seem to focus on recently. There are six more Essential Skills, and this document defines all nine Essential Skills
  • Career Pathways Glossary Word Document 03/10/2017
    The definitions and associated links in the document above are the result of conversations held through the Advancing CTE in Career Pathways project, a five-state, multi-agency look at the various approaches to the concept of “Career Pathways” across the country. This project was led by the USDOE and funded by Jobs For the Future. As one of the participant states, Oregon’s team embarked upon defining common language used by the various education and workforce professionals and institutions engaged in career pathways, education and workforce efforts within Oregon.
  • CTE POS Data Collection Terms and Guidance PDF
    Performance measurement, data reporting, and the description of allowable parameters require the use of consistent terminology and specific definitions. As related to state-approved CTE programs, the terminology used consists of uncommon words and/or words with competing definitions. This document is a summary of terminology and parameters, most of which can be found in other online and print documents. It is assembled here for convenience, intended to reduce confusion and increase consistency. It will provide guidance, but cannot address every variation or exception that may exist. When needed, please submit questions and requests for technical assistance in writing to the appropriate personnel at the Oregon Department of Education.
  • Approved Programs--Current Status:
    • Secondary CTE POS Decision Chart Spreadsheet July 28, 2017 (Updated September 8, 2017)  Updated
      This Excel worksheet shows all of the currently approved Secondary CTE program components and the timeframe for those conversions. Please consult this spreadsheet to be sure your programs are approved in a timely manner, and that the programs listed in it correlate with what is listed on ODE’s CTE Approved Programs web page.
    • Growth and/or Decline of Secondary CTE POS Over Time: July 2017 (Updated July 14, 2017)  Updated
      This Excel worksheet contains a record of the approved Secondary CTE program components over time.
    • Post-Secondary CTE POS Decision Chart Spreadsheets  
      This link takes you to ODE's community college CTE Programs website, with a list of links to each of the 17 community colleges in Oregon. When you click on any college link, you will get a spreadsheet listing all of that college's CTE programs. The last column indicates which of those are participating as components of Programs of Study.
  • Codes Needed for the CTE POS Application
    • High Wage High Demand Careers By Cluster
      High Wage and High Demand careers are grouped by Career Clusters in this document. CTE teachers can use this list to help students understand the careers that their Program of Study might lead to.
    • High Wage High Demand to CIP codes Crosswalk by Cluster Area
      This is a link to the most current crosswalk of Oregon's High Wage High Demand Career paths to Classification of Instructional Programs Codes(CIP).
    • SOC Code to CIP Code Crosswalk
      This is a link to the most current crosswalk of Standard Occupational Codes (SOC) to Classification of Instructional Programs Codes(CIP) for Oregon.
    • CIP Codes
      This is a link to the most current list of Classifications for Instructional Programs used to identify community college program areas.
    • New NCES SCED Codes for Courses
      Use this tool to identify which courses your CTE license and/or endorsements allow you to teach.
    • NCES Codes by Endorsement Area
      Use this tool to identify which courses your CTE license and/or endorsements allow you to teach.
  • CTE Course-to-Standard Crosswalk Templates 2012: Pre-populated with Oregon Skill Sets Cluster KS statements (Updated: April 27, 2012)  Use these Excel templates to crosswalk the Cluster Skill Standards identified for your CTE Program of Study to the courses in both the secondary and the post-secondary components of the program.
    • Technical Skill Attainment: CTE POS Accountability
      Please follow this link to learn more about the accountability aspects of CTE Programs of Study. This link is especially useful if you want to see how to design Technical Skill Assessments, or if you have identified an assessment that is not on the list below, or if you want to create a locally developed assessment or a performance assessment.
      • Technical Skill Assessments: Current list of State-approved TSAs
        This is an extensive list of currently approved technical skill assessments (TSA) that may be used to identify student attainment of technical skills within a Program of Study. Data from these assessments will be reported annually to the Oregon Department of Education, who will aggregate and report this information to the US Department of Education.
    • Teacher Licensure
      Information and application forms related to Oregon’s new CTE licensure rules and processes. Includes all new updated forms and information, Oregon Administrative Rules, staff lists; and links to Western Oregon University (WOU) teacher preparation course work.
    • All Aspects of an Industry: All Aspects of an Industry
      These are the nine aspects of industry identified for Perkins III and are expected to be part of the scope and sequence of a Perkins IV CTE Program of Study.
    • Labor Market Information: Defintions, Contacts, and Maps
      Here is contact information for state support staff from the Department of Employment, definitions of the roles for analysts and economists, and maps of the regions they serve.
    • Career and Technical Student Leadership Opportunities: Oregon CTE Student Leadership Organizations
      Student leadership opportunities are an integral piece of the secondary component of Career and Technical Education Programs of Study, and increasingly are becoming strong pieces of some postsecondary CTE POS components, as well. Currently, Oregon has six nationally chartered organizations operating in Oregon schools: DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, and SkillsUSA. ODE and representatives from each of the chartered CTSOs determined those elements of a CTSO that make effective CTE teaching and learning. For programs that don't want to belong to one of the six chartered organizations, ODE has provided this resource to assure the local student leadership opportunity meets Oregon's CTSO expectations: (Locally Developed Student Leadership Expectations).

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    Miscellaneous ODE Links

    • Ron Dodge Email    (503) 947-5653
      Secondary/Post-Secondary Transitions - Ed. Specialist, Business & Management