Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force

Career Pathways and Technical Education Advisory Task Force

Re Draft – Recommendations 1-16-2014

Recommendation 1:  Utilize the World’s Best Workforce initiative to strengthen the implementation of statutory requirements for a comprehensive individual student plan that incorporates assessment data [M.S. § 120B.125] and clarify the process for review and revision of that plan. (Career Guidance)

Recommendation 2:  To enhance the learning process and the development of a student’s life plan, all students should have regular and frequent access to multiple individuals within the school community who have reliable and accurate information/resources about postsecondary education, career and technical education, and training options. (Career Guidance)

Recommendation 3: All Minnesota families, including families of youth with disabilities, families experiencing socio-economic challenges, those with first-generation college bound students, and multicultural families, will have the opportunity to engage in students’ planning activities and will have access to training and resources so they may help their youth make appropriate career planning and education choices. (Career Guidance)

Recommendation 4: Create a standardized process for experiential learning required for students for high school graduation that includes career exploration through a specific class or as work-based experiences embedded within classes such as job shadowing, mentoring, entrepreneurship, service learning, internships/cooperative work experience, or youth apprenticeship. (Experiential Learning)

Recommendation 5: Require districts to expand opportunities for students designed around career clusters and strategies for postsecondary preparation that may include course offerings, options for on-line credit, dual-credit, or credentialing. (Experiential Learning)

Recommendation 6: Develop and explore new roles for education professionals by allowing for flexibility in licensure while maintaining high standards, and expand professional development experiences in order to support and assist students and their families in developing individual life plans, incorporating career development, utilizing experiential learning, and accessing early college opportunities. (System Flexibility)

Recommendation 7: Provide flexible governance structures that allow schools/districts to have the capacity and opportunity to modify/alter current practices to meet the learning needs of students and ensure smooth transitions among educational levels or into the workforce.

Recommendation 8: MDE in collaboration with the Department of Employment and Economic Development and post-secondary systems utilize technology to implement a state-led focus as a resource for students and families that profiles careers and employment trends and outlines the educational paths necessary for success in these fields.

Recommendation 9: Promote board levels of collaboration among public, private and non-profit entities with establish strategies that increase opportunities for students to gain knowledge and experience in career fields by working with business/employers focused on future career and college participation. This collaboration should involve employers, labor unions and community-based organizations.

Moved to Implementation:

• This should be linked to required testing in all schools (PLAN and Explore).
• Expand course offerings similar to the Minnesota Virtual Academy that include career clusters as well as strategies for post-secondary options and make them available to students and districts throughout the state.
• Allow the granting of on-line credit
• Include a list of Minnesota businesses who will support field experiences and internships
• Provide ways to implement this (experiential learning) throughout the year including during the summer.
• Individualize this (experiential learning) with assessment data to meet a student’s educational needs.
• Students should be required to have an experiential learning experience to graduate from high school.
• Explore the option of a small business tax credit for each 80-hour field experience/internship opportunity that is successfully completed by a high school student.
• The student would also receive credit based on successful completion.
• Provide staff development (and/or teacher training)
o coordinating the experiential program and participants,
o Establishing the mentoring process,
o evaluating the standards that are covered and determined met in the off-site experiences.
• Review and modify the Postsecondary Enrollment Options legislation to more effectively promote opportunities for all students to engage in early college opportunities.
• Monitor the implementation of new assessment systems to ensure their effectiveness in gauging both college and career readiness.
• Allow for flexibility in Minnesota teacher licensure structure that promote opportunities to explore new roles in supporting student’s career development.
• increase the availability of resources and services that students’ can benefit from as they prepare for and access college and career opportunities
• Fully utilize technology in creating system-wide approaches in supporting students career awareness, knowledge and skills regarding future postsecondary education participation and career options, etc.).