Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force

Student Transitions Recommendations

Recommendation 1: Review and modify the Postsecondary Enrollment Options legislation to more effectively promote opportunities for all students to engage in early college opportunities.

Options for implementation:

1. Modify participation guidelines to offer a broader array of program opportunities and to allow participation by a wider segment of the student population

2. Partner with postsecondary partners to expand access via blended and virtual learning opportunities and other means

3. Reduce the costs on school districts for student participation in postsecondary enrollment options. Establish a standard fee for contracted services associated with postsecondary enrollment options including fees for mentor relationships with college faculty

4. Examine credentialing requirements for secondary teachers to deliver college courses, particularly in technical courses, recognizing the balance between program quality and access

5. Address barriers for participation in PSEO by students with disabilities or other learning challenges

Recommendation 2: Review and modify structural barriers to smooth transitions among educational levels and into the workforce.

Options for implementation:

1. Structural modifications should be considered transformational, not as minor adjustments to current practice. A common organizational structure, such as the framework of career fields/clusters/pathways used for career and technical education, should guide system alignment

2. Structural alignment must recognize the preparatory work that occurs at the middle level and before, and must recognize student growth within a continuum

3. Structural alignment must be viewed not only from secondary education through postsecondary education to employment, but also from alternative educational pathways such as adult basic education through postsecondary education to employment

4. Schools should build stronger connections with WorkForce Center partners and access their expertise in regional and statewide labor market needs

5. Secondary and postsecondary systems should communicate the alignment between educational programs and employer needs

Recommendation 3: Monitor the implementation of new assessment systems to ensure their effectiveness in gauging both college and career readiness.

Options for implementation:

1. Develop a statewide definition of college and career readiness that recognizes academic proficiency, technical proficiency and 21st century employment skills

2. Leverage the legislation requiring individual college and career plans to make such plans useful, portable tools that lead to student success

3. Provide tools for schools to assess career interests and aptitudes of all students beginning in late elementary

4. Ensure that college and career assessments are compatible with movement toward competency-based educational models

5. Implement credit-for-prior-learning processes in all state higher education institutions

6. Implement models that grant educational credit for attainment of recognized industry credentials

Recommendation 4: Student experiences related to career exploration and career development must be implemented as a critical component of K-12 education

Options for implementation:

1. Academic standards pertaining to career development should be developed and implemented through appropriate coursework through the middle and high school experience

2. Schools should work with community and technical colleges to provide career exploration experiences for students within those higher education institutions

3. Each high school student should participate in at least one career exploration or career assessment activity each year in a career of personal interest

4. Review and revise as necessary regulations governing work-based learning opportunities across the spectrum from short-term exploratory activities through apprenticeships

5. Schools should be supported for transportation costs associated with student access to career and technical programs during the school day