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Implementing Programs of Study:
       Where to Start!
 How does a student of any age make a sound decision
  when it comes to choosing a career?

 What are the knowledge and skills needed to achieve
  postsecondary and career success?

 How does one navigate through the sea of career
  information?


ANSWER: Utilization of the Career Cluster Framework
 Devalued high school diploma
 A high and rising drop out rate of secondary
  students.
 High school graduates lack in basic math and
  science skills.
 Extraordinarily high remediation rates.
 Most students think they are going to college, but
  do not prepare for it or any other possible future.
Evolution of Career Clusters
The 16 Career Clusters
How were the Clusters Developed?
• Grants to states
• National Association of State Directors of Career
  Technical Education Consortium
• National Advisory Committees
  –   Business and Industry
  –   Labor
  –   Government
  –   Education (secondary and postsecondary)
      Themes in Perkins IV
 Accountability for results and program
  improvement at all educational levels
 Coordination of CTE with the entire P-20 system
 Integration of academic and CTE
 Alignment and connections between secondary
  and postsecondary education, including
  baccalaureate
 Involvement of business and industry and
  community-based partners
   Then …..and …..now


For fewer students          For All Students

 For Fewer “Jobs”             For All Careers

6 to 7 Program Areas     16 Clusters – 81 Pathways


In lieu of Academics   Aligns and Supports Academics


High School Focused       High School and College
                                Partnership
 Increase secondary and postsecondary alignment

 Increase collaboration

 Decrease remediation

 Decrease dropouts

 Decrease curricular duplication

 Align Knowledge and Skills to state learning standards
  and other relevant standards
 Do not take away from current programs

 Do not take away from occupational areas

 Do not trap learners/students in a single
  job
    What are Career Clusters?

Career Clusters groups of occupations and industries
  that have a common set of foundational knowledge and
  skills.

 Organizer of knowledge and skills needed by a broad
  industry.

 There are 16 nationally recognized clusters, within
  which are multiple pathways.
  What are Career Pathways?
Career Pathways are multi-year programs of academic and
  technical study that prepare students for a full range of
  postsecondary options within each of the 16 career clusters.

 Organizer of knowledge and skill statements by professions.

 Currently, there are 81 nationally recognized pathways, each
  with specific pathway knowledge and skills.


Clusters                      Pathways
What are Programs of Study?

Programs of Study are sequences of courses that incorporate
  a non-duplicative progression of secondary and
  postsecondary elements which include both academic and
  career and technical education content, and lead to the
  attainment of an industry recognized credential, certificate,
  or degree.
Illinois’ Secondary Career Cluster
             Transition
IL Career Cluster Framework




                    Updated December 14, 2010
Illinois Cluster Model
          The Illinois’ Career Cluster Model shows the
          relationship between:
          One of Illinois’ five, secondary career and
          technical education areas (Health Sciences
          Technology)
          The related career cluster (Health Science)
          The five pathways within that cluster
          Sample programs of study within the pathway.

          It also illustrates:
           Essential knowledge and skills
          Cluster level knowledge and skills
          Pathway level knowledge and skills
          Programs of study
          Career development
          Adult Bridge Programs
Career Cluster:
Health Science
Next Steps
  BUILDING ON OUR
STRONG FOUNDATION.
       • Build on and transform
       existing programs
       • Develop new programs
       • Benchmark to national
       and international
       standards
       •Implement career clusters,
       pathways, and programs of
       study
       CAREER DEVELOPMENT
         SPANS ALL GRADES
                                Employment: Career Advancement
                                Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning
                       Postsecondary: Career Preparation
                       Achieving credentials: college, certification, apprenticeship, military
                9-12: Programs of Study Related to a Career Goal
                Academics and technical courses, intensive guidance, individual graduation plans


          Grade 8: Career Exploration and Transition
          Develop graduation plans based upon personal interest/cluster areas

     6-8: Initial Career Exploration
     Discovering interest areas
K-5: Understanding the Importance and Value of Work and Jobs
Introduction to the world of careers
   Who Benefits from a
Career Clusters Framework?


STUDENTS          EDUCATORS




EMPLOYERS        COMMUNITIES
Connecting Educational Systems to Ease
         Student Transition
Resources Related to POS
 www.careerclusters.org

 Federal initiative aimed at providing
  resources as they related to the career
  clusters initiative.
 Identification of 16 career clusters.
 Resources associated with
  clusters/pathways/POS.
• 1st edition

• Informational pamphlet providing
  common language and themes about the
  career cluster framework, including
  definitions and examples.

• http://occrl.illinois.edu/files/Projects/per
  kins/Report/POSmailer.pdf
1.   Leadership, Organization and Support

2. Access, Equity and Opportunity

3. Alignment and Transition

4. Enhanced Curriculum and Instruction

5. Professional Preparation and Development

6. Program Improvement and Accountability
• Provides an understanding of Illinois’
  framework for implementation and
  evaluation.
• Makes connections to federal, state, and
  local level activities.
• Introduction of guiding principles and
  design elements
 Extension to Introduction pamphlet.
 Outlines:
     Perkins IV
     Key Concepts
     Career Cluster Framework
     Illinois’ Career Cluster Model
     Implementation
     Acronyms
     Resources
 Paper and online searchable database that
  includes information on what degree and
  certificate programs are offered by the 48
  public community colleges in Illinois.

 Can search by college or program type

 CTE programs are organized according to
  the 16 Career Clusters.
 Snapshot of each career cluster and
  associated pathways

 Identifies connection between 16 career
  clusters to (5) CTE secondary areas

 Outlines career and program options
  based up community college program
  offerings
  Career
  Cluster:
Agriculture,
 Food, and
  Natural
 Resources
ILLINOIS PROGRAMS OF
STUDY EXPECTATIONS TOOL

The State leadership set out to answer
the questions that were being posed by
the field.

What does a program of study look like?

How is a program of study different from a
Tech Prep program?
 The Illinois Programs of Study
Expectation Tool is designed to…

 – Be Interactive
 – Meet federal requirements
 – Meet Illinois standards –support six
   guiding principles
 – Guide the users in designing and
   implementing programs of study
 – Provide examples of evidence
 – Suggest examples of supporting materials
 – Monitor status
                          The Format Principles
                                    Reference to
                                   the


 Reference to the
POS requirements
 from Perkins IV


                                                   EXAMPLES of
                                                     materials a
                                                  partnership could
             Reference to the design                 use to show
                   elements                           alignment


                                 Evidence of what a
                                aspects of a program          Ability to
                                 of study align with          rate your
                                    this principle            Program of
                                                              Study
• www.ilprogramsofstudy.org

• Provide ongoing information to interested
  stakeholders regarding Illinois CTE
  Programs of Study and the broader career
  cluster framework.
What Now?
 Many advantages to using Career Cluster
  framework for not only CTE but for a
  comprehensive school improvement plan
  approach.

 Coordinates efforts to better serve all
  students in achieving postsecondary and
  career readiness.
 We must work with all students;

 Career awareness must start at an
  early age;

 Career exploration must expose
  all students to opportunities
  available;
 Career planning must make the career
  connections students need;

 All students must be provided the
  opportunity to transition successfully to
  postsecondary education and the world of
  work.

 It is not always about where a student is
  going to college, but what they are going for.
Kristy Morelock
      Associate Director for CTE Programs of Study
      Illinois Community College Board
      217-558-4929
Aime´e LaFollette Julian
      Assoc. Director of Professional Development
      Illinois Center for Specialized Support
      309-454-4944 ext. 208




 CONTACT INFORMATION
          This presentation will be
             available online at
          www.icsps.ilstu.edu/pos
                     &
         www.ilprogramsofstudy.org


THANK YOU.

				
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