Magazine article Techniques

DIVISION REPORT: New and Related Services

Magazine article Techniques

DIVISION REPORT: New and Related Services

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Ohio's Career-Focused Education System Expands Options for All Students

Expanding the options for all learners requires new ways of thinking, working and funding in regard to our current educational system. One way to address these new options is through the development of career pathways. A career pathway is defined as a series of academic, technological and occupational coursework and other educational experiences leading to a career specialty. The career pathway concept supports development of a continuum of career-focused programs providing multiple pathways to employment and postsecondary education.

Here's how career pathways support a career-focused education:

* By promoting higher-order thinking skills, lifelong learning and career planning

* By developing the ability to work with others

* By providing documentation of the acquisition of workplace skills and progress toward career goals

* By relating subject matter to the real world

* By promoting successful transition from high school to higher education, training or career

* By providing opportunities to balance work and family

Here's how career pathways are organized in Ohio:

* Arts and Communications

* Business and Management

* Industrial and Engineering Systems

* Human Resources/Services

* Environmental and Agricultural Systems

* Health Systems

Here's how it works:

A comprehensive, manageable pathway system is designed to ensure coverage of all major career fields. Standards are used to align curricula with industry and postsecondary education requirements ensuring that students have various options after high school. Articulation agreements exist in all industry areas with many postsecondary institutions and apprenticeships.

Learning takes place within a work-based context with students working in teams on real community problems. Assessment is based on performance using standards.

Partners such as tech prep, business and community organizations are active participants in all aspects of the school. The school partners with support providers to continually evaluate progress to improve student performance.

All reform initiatives, such as High Schools That Work, Continuous Improvement Planning and Tech Prep work together in implementing a seamless system for all students.

Service is the Last Word in Instructional Materials Service

Instructional Materials Service (IMS) is a development and dissemination center for career and technology curricula. Based on the campus of Texas A&M University since 1965 (as a result of the Vocational Education Act of 1963), the center develops teacher and student materials, currently following the Essential Knowledge and Skills (EKS) guidelines prescribed by the state board of education. …

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