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Career and Technical Education

The district’s plan for its Career and Technical Education (CTE) program will be approved annually by the board of directors. All components of the plan will meet the Career and Technical Education program standards as established by the Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

  1. The District’s CTE Plan:

    The district’s CTE Plan describes how the district will deliver career and technical education to its students. The components of the district’s CTE plan are:

    1. Application and contextualization of the related state academic learning standards;
    2. Responsiveness to statewide or local high-demand occupations;
    3. Compliance with the five-year plan requirements of the federal Carl D. Perkins    Career and Technical Education Act;
    4. Sufficient equipment and facilities to meet industry standards;
    5. Adequate student and teacher opportunites to connect to the business community including, but not limited to, industry job shadowing, mentorships and internships;
    6. The integration and application of leadership and employability skills;
    7. Connecting student learning with work, home and community;
    8. Preparatory programs leading to a certificate or credential that is state or nationally recognized;
    9. Courses are sequential, rigorous and based on an analysis of technical skill attainment;
    10. Performance measures and targets established by the state are met or exceeded;
    11. No discrimination in any aspect of its CTE Programs under guidelines adopted in Chapter 392-190 WAC and OSPI;
    12. Reasonable modifications are made to all CTE policies, procedures and practices which are necessary to avoid discriminating against a student based on disability unless the district can demonstrate that such modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of a CTE course or program;
    13. Teachers are CTE certified in the areas in which they instruct; and
    14. Courses are structured so the maximum number of students per class is determined by the number of training stations, safety factors and individual instruction requirements of the specific skills being developed.
  2. Performance Measures and Target – Accountability

    The district will adopt performance measures and targets in at least the following areas:

    1. Sufficiency of courses allowing students to earn dual credit for high school and college;
    2. Rates of student participation in high-demand programs; and
    3. Performance measures and targets established by the workforce training and education coordinating board, including, but not limited to, student academic and technical skill attainment, graduation rates, and other measures and targets as required by the federal Carl D. Perkins Act
  3. Course Equivalencies

    Each of the district’s high schools will adopt core academic course equivalencies for high school career and technical courses, provided that the CTE course has been reviewed and approved for equivalency credit by a district team appointed by the superintendent or a designee, in accordance with district policy 2413, Equivalency Credit for CTE Courses.

  4. CTE Programs of Study

    A program of study is a sequence of courses that identifies the secondary and post-secondary content students need to take to ensure they will have the knowledge and skills needed for a seamless transition to post-secondary options.

    The district’s CTE program(s) of study will:

    1. Incorporate secondary CTE academic and elective courses and local graduation requirements as well as post-secondary education elements;
    2. Include coherent and rigorous academic content aligned with state learning standards and relevant career and technical content in a coordinated, nonduplicative progression of courses that are aligned with post-secondary education in a related field;
    3. Include courses aligned with appropriate state academic, industry, leadership and employability standards; and
    4. Lead to industry-recognized credentials, an academic certificate or degree, apprenticeship, employment or certificate at the post-secondary level.
  5. Career Guidance and Counseling

    Career guidance and counseling programs will include the exploration of options and opportunities for CTE at the secondary and post-secondary level and exploration of career opportunities in emerging and high-demand programs (see WSSDA model policy 2140, Guidance and Counseling).

  6. Advisory Committees
    1. Advisory committees will participate in the determination of program goals, and review and evaluate program curricula, equipment and effectiveness.
    2. Advisory committee participants will include representatives of business and labor who reflect the local industry and the community.
    3. The director of CTE programs will select members of the advisory committees. Advisory committee members will be approved by the superintendent or designee.


Date: 06.05.13