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       WECM Organization
WECM courses are arranged by 6-
digit CIP Code relating to a specific
occupation or job title
   Based on learning outcomes
Federal taxonomy developed by the
U.S. Dept. of Education’s National
Center for Education Statistics
CIP does not identify the only
discipline that may use the course
        Course Elements
CIP Code
Course Rubric
Course Level
Course Number
End-of-Course Outcomes
Course Title
Course Descriptions
Contact Hours
Suggested Prerequisite
             Course Rubric

Four letter prefixes identify courses with
cluster of skills & knowledge
   e.g. POFT
      not an acronym
Does not identify the only discipline that
may use the course
           Course Rubric
Should not commonly be in use or have
previously been used
Existing course rubric should not be
changed unless compelling and
substantiated reasons are presented and
approved by all Instructional Specialists at
a WECM Workshop AND all changes are
approved by the WECM Leadership
Committee, TACRAO, and the CB.
       Course Title

Reflects the outcomes of the
Should not contain vendor
information unless a vendor
specific course
        Course Title
Published WECM title for SCH
courses must appear in college
publications and on transcripts.
For CEU courses, workforce
marketing titles may be used;
however, all CEU mirror courses
must use the published WECM
          Course Level
Indicates whether the course is
introductory, intermediate, or
advanced, as recommended by
instructional specialists
First digit in the course number
specifies the course level
            Course Number

Four digit number after rubric
1st digit indicates Course Level
   1 = Introductory Level
      May be Intermediate Level
   2 = Advanced Level
      May be Intermediate Level
2nd digit indicates SCH/CEU
          Course Numbers
Course Number is assigned by WECM
Project staff based on the following
   1x00 to 1x39—Introductory
   1x40 to 1x59 and 2x00 to 2x29—Intermediate
   2x30 to 2x59—Advanced
The ―x‖ indicates the SCH and CEU value
and must comply with range allowed by
    Course Number (continued)
3rd digit indicates Course Type
   00-59 Lecture-Lab
   60-63 Clinical
   64-69 Practicum
   70-79 Local Need
   80-85 Cooperative Education
   86-89 Internship
   90-99 Special Topics
4th digit is the suggested sequence
           Course Description
Describes overall goals, content, & major
 topics (based on Outcomes without
 restating them)
 Contains 25 – 100 words
 Begins with a phrase like:
     A course in…
     An introduction to…
     A study of…
     Survey of …
     End-of-Course Outcomes
Always start with one present tense action
   Solve
   Sketch
   Create
Usually contain an object of the action
   Solve a quadratic equation
   Sketch a story line
   Create a complex telecommunications network
   Edit digital images for print
           Contact Hours
Each WECM course has a suitable range of
contact hours necessary to master minimum
learning outcomes
Range allows each college a choice of
instructional strategies via lecture/lab
SCH courses must follow the established ratios
for credit and contact hour assignments
Range chart can be found in GIPWE Chapter 4
    Suggested Prerequisite
Specific list of prerequisite course(s),
skill(s), or knowledge
Instructional specialists at a WECM
Course Review Workshop must agree
on all course prerequisites. (ITNW
Special Topics Course
Local Need Course
Mirror Image Course
Vendor Specific Course
CEU Short-Hour Course
CEU Professional Certification Course
Less Than 7-Hour Mandatory
Licensure/Credentialing Course
WECM/ACGM and FOS Course
External Learning Experience Course
Special Topics Courses
Available within each six-digit CIP
code. College chooses discipline-
specific learning outcomes for these
courses. Identified by a ―9‖ in the third
digit of the course number.
Used when course content changes
  Local Need Courses
Colleges may submit Local Need
courses to respond to unique local or
regional conditions. Evidence of
need for these courses must be
substantiated by support from
business and industry in a limited
geographical area.
Same course content is offered
consistently over a period of time.
Local Need & Special Topics
Course content must be related to
workforce education
Reviewed at Course Review Workshops
Valid for 24 months after which time
college must resubmit
Submit course title, description, and
learning outcomes to appropriate college
  Not Valid for WECM Special
      Topics/Local Need
Conversational Spanish
Understanding Your Digital Camera
English as a Second Language
Personal Finance
Invest for Your Retirement
Alcohol Awareness for Minors
Computers for Grandparents
Valid WECM Special Topics/Local
        Need Courses
Customer Service Spanish
Digital Photography for Non-Profit
Manufacturing Terminology and
Small Business Finance for Office
Alcohol Abuse Counseling Theories
E-Mail for Business Effectiveness
      Mirror Image Course
Many Semester Credit Hour (SCH)
courses have exact replicas (mirror
images) offered for Continuing Education
Units (CEUs).
Referenced in the WECM below course
    Vendor Specific Course
Specifically accommodates the
instructional requirements of commercial
Occurs primarily in the Information
Technology areas. Designed for students
seeking certifications in the use of various
software packages, network engineering,
etc. (ITMT 1300)
Generic Non-Vendor
For some vendor specific courses, parallel
courses that are not vendor specific are
also included in the WECM. These are
designed for institutions wishing to offer
courses addressing similar outcomes as
those in vendor specific courses but the
institutions are not vendor authorized.
―Not a vendor specific course. A vendor
specific course is available as follows:
_____.‖ (ITNW 1308)
   CEU Short-Hour Course
Available for Continuing Education training
7-40 contact hours
Used for appropriate workforce education
Usually written in Course Review
Workshops as a result of a large volume of
Special Topics/Local Need courses
dealing with a specific topic.
Search for Short-Hour Courses.
 CEU Professional Development
Intensive training in an identified
area(s) to meet continuing
education and/or review/update
requirements associated with
professional licensure or
Limited to 7-24 contact hours.
(CSME 2000)
  Less Than 7-Hour Mandatory
Licensure/Credentialing Courses
Contained in the WECM for such topics as
Real Estate, Hepatitis Training, etc.
Colleges send these courses as Local
Need to CB.
CB verifies mandatory training for
licensure/certification with state agency.
CB sends to WECM Maintenance Project
for incorporation into WECM.
List can be obtained at WECM website.
Cooperative education, Practicum (or field
experience), Internship, Clinical
Included in each six-digit CIP code as
Generically described
Guidelines described in Chapter 3 of GIPWE
Refer to tables in Chapter 4 of GIPWE for
allowable credit and related contact hour ranges
(POFT 1x81)
New WECM Course
Revised WECM Course
Archive Pending Course
Archived Course
       New WECM Courses
Only written in WECM Course Review
Workshops as a result of review of Special
Topics/Local Need courses.
In rare instances, written as a result of recent
licensure or certification in a specific field.
May also be written to meet the demand of
emerging and high-tech occupations.
 Recommended by statewide Curriculum
Search for New Courses.
See list of New Courses.
    Revised WECM Course
A course that has been modified since
September of the current year to enhance
course title, level, description, learning
outcomes, reference information,
recommended lab, and/or contact hours
for increased usability.
Search for Revised courses
See List of Revised courses.
   Archive Pending Courses
A course that is unused, obsolete,
inadequate, or duplicated and has been
recommended to be removed from the
WECM database to an archive database for
future reference. Available for use and
FUNDING until the indicated archive date.
Courses archived this fiscal year will be
available for funding until August 31, 2009.
Search for Archive Pending Courses.
See list of Archive Pending Courses.
   Archived Courses
A course that is unused, obsolete,
inadequate, or duplicated and has
already been removed from the
WECM database to an archive
database for future reference.
  No longer available for use and no
   longer eligible for funding.
Search for Archived Courses.
   Removal of course from WECM
   No longer reimbursable
Archive Pending
   Notice that course will be archived
    following September 1 of the next fiscal
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