Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

Craftmanship 2000

Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

Craftmanship 2000

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In 1989 a group of Tulsa executives created Craftsmanship 2000 to address the demands of industry for more highly skilled workers. It is a partnership of local industry, Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa Junior College and the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce.

The skill needs of industry have driven the development process. Company engineers and technicians worked with school curriculum writers in developing learning objectives. Educators helped industry mentors learn to teach students. Industry representatives, educators and Chamber of Commerce members established operational procedures, all of which resulted in the development of a four-year program in metalworking.

Now in its second year, Craftsmanship 2000 provides a comprehensive mix of academic, technical and work-based education and training. Its components include basic skills, technical theory, technical application, skill verification in the workplace and skill enhancement. Craftsmanship students receive more than 1,800 hours of instructional time each year through an extended day and year-round school.

Students enter the program in the 11th grade, after an extensive selection process. They enroll in a rigorous schedule of English, math and technical courses that incorporate applied methodologies and emphasize cooperative learning. Tulsa Public Schools provide the academic instructors. The first-year instructional "mix" is 40 percent academic instruction, 40 percent technical instruction and 20 percent in-plant instruction.

In 12th grade, the breakdown is 20 percent academic, 50 percent technical and 30 percent in-plant instruction. Following graduation from their home high school, students are prepared to enter the final phase of the program.

Third- and fourth-year students get academic and technical instruction at Tulsa Junior College and Tulsa Technology Center. Both institutions offer technical instruction, but TJC provides general education courses that apply toward an associate degree.

By the end of the fourth year, students should be very close to completing an associate degree as well as certification set by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT). BAT certification of the Craftsmanship 2000 program is pending.

The Craftsmanship 2000 program has received rave reviews. Parents say it not only develops academic skills by requiring students to succeed in difficult science and math classes but also develops character and a "solid sense of self" in their children. …

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