- Career clusters and Pathways that guide program of study development and building design decisions.
The Board has provided us with parameters that the committee is using to narrow 16 possible career clusters down to 4 or 5 for final consideration. One would think that it would be a fairly objective process considering the parameters and content of the work. That is, however, far from our reality because of our old friend mental model and past history with CTE programs. While the focus of the work is at a broad level, it is very difficult to separate our current programs and classes when engaging in this priority process that some see as potentially excluding continuation of long standing classes and the teachers who teach them. This led to anxiety and tension for many in the room making it more difficult to maintain a focus on the parameters big picture decisions. The parameters are shared below.
- Workforce trends
- Livable wage jobs
- Articulations with higher education
- Business and industry opportunities for student experiences
- City and Chamber vision
- Utilize partners
Thus far we have identified four priority clusters that align with parameters for program inclusion.
- Health Services
- Information technology
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
We are currently in the process of prioritizing one additional cluster for possible consideration from the following four.
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Transportation (Auto)
We meet again in two weeks to continue our conversations and prioritization process as we identify the programs that will position our young people for future success in post high school learning and work. This is exciting yet challenging work that we are engaged in with the potential to provide quality learning experiences for our young people. This includes a partnership with the State Workforce Development Council that could lead to expanded partnerships with business and industry partners.