Nine commented in some form that FCS specifically is not organized within one career cluster. Pathways have FCS content and include areas such as, Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Human Resources, Education and Training, Interior Design.
One indicated that FCS is one of six identified career fields.
One indicated that FCS is strictly under the Human Services Cluster.
One indicated that FCS can serve all pathways with a foundation level course.
Programs of Study for all pathways within a cluster have the same picture on the front.
Below picture is a paragraph to get student interested in career specialty within pathway.
Model of career planning information that could be provided for student
1. Nationally recognized logos identify the Career Cluster for each model . What is a Program of Study?
2. Pathway names, established in the State's Career Cluster Initiative ( www.careerclusters.org ), head each model. They focus attention upon a specific career field within a cluster. What is a Program of Study?
3. Cluster Overviews maintain the 16 U.S. Department of Education Career Cluster definitions. What is a Program of Study?
4. Career goals shown here correlate with occupational names and O*NET codes used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Use OSCAR ( www.ioscar.org ) to begin investigating those careers of interest. The "goal" of models is to target In-Demand jobs. What is a Program of Study?
5. Career Options provide examples of contemporary job titles currently appearing in sources, such as WorkInTexas ( https://wit.twc.state.tx.us ). Jobs are correlated to the post-secondary education typically required for a career. What is a Program of Study?
6. High School Suggested Coursework highlights the Core Courses and Career-Related Electives recommended to prepare for a career goal. Models are based on the Recommended High School Graduation Plan and can easily be adapted for the Distinguished Achievement High School Graduation Plan. With established models it is easier to anticipate the consequence of curriculum changes, such as when legislation recently increased math and science requirements, or whenever a student decides to modify her/his TAP. What is a Program of Study?
7. Footnotes regarding high school coursework are the same on all models in all clusters. Counseling will be more meaningful if these are kept consistent. What is a Program of Study?
8. Certificates shown on the models are associated with specific courses. Use the Certification Finder at Career InfoNet (www.acinet.org/acinet) to investigate post-secondary certifications. What is a Program of Study?
9. Work-Based Learning (WBL) Experiences and On-the-Job Training (OJT) intersect where students transition from high school into the work force. WBL identifies programs schools may offer. OTJ suggests entry experiences that may be suitable for a high school student pursuing a particular career pathway. What is a Program of Study?
10. Extended Learning Experiences include Work-Based Learning, Curricular, and Extracurricular activities. Participation in and support of Career and Technology Student Organizations (i.e. FCCLA) is especially important to AchieveTexas. While campuses might modify their list of Extracurricular and Service Learning Experiences, examples should always cohesively extend meaningful learning in settings suitable and safe for students. Students could record volunteer service in their portfolios, or participate in a program such as The President's Volunteer Service Award ( http://www.presidentialserviceawards.org/index.cfm ) where school groups may, likewise, record their service hours. What is a Program of Study?
11. Professional Associations are a potential resource for exploring a career pathway. Many associations allow pre- professional memberships while enrolled in a post-secondary program. Increasingly, their websites provide career advice or industry news. What is a Program of Study?
12. The file name in the footer restates the Career Cluster: Pathway Group: Sample Career Goal and original publication date. What is a Program of Study?
Eliminated prior to career clusters due to low enrollment—1
“ FCCLA needs to “get with the program”, both state-wide and nationally. In particular, the competitions need to be upgraded to meet industry standards. The other student organizations are for the most part already there since they are work-based,” commented one.
“ Getting FCS teachers and administrators to understand that no matter where in the clusters a FCS course appeared, it still takes a FCS teacher to teach the course. FCS teachers thought they would loose courses and administrators thought they could let anyone teach FCS classes.”
There is not an obvious fit.
“ Getting teachers to see the big picture-unrelated FACS courses vs. planned career activities.”
“ Wanting to teach from the 50s and 60s view of FACS.”
Connecting programs with recognized industry certifications.
“ Sometimes forgotten that FCS is located at middle school, high school, and career and tech programs. Been working very hard to help people understand that MS/HS FCS courses at this level can and do provide the foundations for all the career clusters in the areas of career exploration and workplace skills (employability and personal responsibility).”
Not enough students pursuing one cluster or pathway for a class to be offered creating more work for teachers because they are having to combined several clusters.
“ The visibility of FACS and all the careers that it encompasses has really improved. Too, our funding is tied to wage/demand data, which means that the kids in high wage/demand clusters or pathways generate higher funding.”
“ Business and industry certifications are awarded to students that complete the skill standards for the major. A certificate of completion is awarded to all students that have completed four credits within the major.”
“ As a result of having all FCS course as occupational-either career pathways or electives, all of our courses can benefit from Carl Perkins funding and EIA State equipment monies. In addition, we are now in a better position to meet and support accountability requirements such as the school report card and the No Child Left Behind mandates.”
In Texas, PD will be changing to be more ongoing, in-depth and organized by clusters rather than CTE program area.
“ Yes, but it does not mean that behavioral changes have taken place. Teachers, local administrators and school districts decide what is to be implemented.”
“ We have ongoing professional development to help the teachers better understand the implementation of career clusters. Our new legislation has been added to our webpage and PD occurs throughout the year…Cluster guides have been distributed, program info has been developed and disseminated, all presentations include career cluster implementation.”