Institute Spotlight: Innovations in Implementing Career Clusters

DenverMarriott Are you an administrator or educator looking for professional development opportunities at the Career Clusters Institute? This year, we have aligned 83 breakouts to four different “strands” to allow you to more easily navigate the breakout options according to your particular  profession. Two weeks ago, we spotlighted Strand 1, Career Clusters as a  Model for Collaboration. If you are an  educator looking for workshops on bringing together industry, education and workforce, take a look at that post for examples of courses designed for you.

Today we are spotlighting Strand 2, Innovations in Implementing  Career  Clusters, for administrators interested in real-life examples of how to implement Career Clusters. Administrators at the state, district and local levels in secondary and postsecondary settings will find practical advice, examples and resources for implementing career clusters or expanding and enriching their current implementation of career clusters. Particular emphasis will be on how career clusters help align initiatives and learner levels and the impact of career clusters on curriculum, guidance and/or community engagement activities in school.

Here are just a few examples of the courses being offered within this strand:

College and Career Transitions Coordinators Lead the Way for Career Clusters in Louisiana?
Melba Kennedy, Program Coordinator for Secondary to Postsecondary Transitions
Louisiana Community & Technical College System

College and Career Transitions Coordinators within eight geographic Louisiana Community and Technical College regions are leading the development and implementation process for career clusters/career pathways/programs of study in Louisiana. Learn how the coordinators are accomplishing this mission across the state through career pathway teams.

Building Partnerships with Business and Industry to Advance America’s Workforce
Kent Schescke, Director of Strategic Partnerships
The National FFA Organization

A presentation of ideas, strategies and case studies of relationship management and partnership development that have provided significant involvement, engagement, and financial support between CTE and business and industry. Pick up ideas that can be implemented at the local, state, and national level around building support and securing resources for your program.

Implementation of Career Clusters and What’s Next?
Will Lewis, Director of Curriculum CTE Division
State Department of Education

Tennessee’s secondary Career & Technology Education Division has adopted the National Career Clusters model of 16 Career Clusters and has developed programs of study within these clusters. Technological advances and global competition have transformed the nature of work. Tomorrow’s jobs will require more knowledge, better skills, and more flexible workers than ever before. Career clusters link what students learn in school with the knowledge and skills they need for success in college and careers. Tennessee has been in the developmental and implementation phase for three years and has more than 3,200 programs of study that transition to postsecondary education. The presentation offers information on the implementation of programs of study and answers the question “what’s next?”

Look for more exciting courses, all with CEU earning potential, within Strand 2 or any of the other three strands on the Institute webpage.


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