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This presentation was made at the National ACT Workkeys Conference in San Antonio, April 2009

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    • Changing Lives, Building Futures in Today’s High School Students
      Cindy Miller, Coordinator
      Career & Technical Education
      Frenship ISD
    • Mission
      The Frenship ISD Career and Technical Education programs will provide a rigorous and relevant education for students in a positive and supportive environment that develops productive citizens who value life-long learning in today's diverse and dynamic changing world.
    • Frenship ISD Demographics
      Located 5 miles outside of Lubbock, TX
      District Enrollment: 7,500
      High School Enrollment: 1,650
      Economically Disadvantaged: 40%
      TEA “Recognized” District
    • Inspirational Quote:
      “It’s not just important that we prepare our students for success in school, but that they also lead successful lives outside of school.”
      Dr. Bill Daggett,
      CEO of the International Center for Leadership in Education
    • Are Our Students Really Ready to Work?
      Workplace Facts for Our Students
      • 6 out of 10 jobs will require technical skills
      • 9 out of 10 jobs will require education beyond high school
      • Only 12 % of the jobs will be unskilled
      • 70% of the skilled workforce is retiring in the next 10 years
    • Are Our Students Really Ready to Work?
      Workplace Facts for Our Students
      • Half of all jobs that our students will pursue have not even been created yet.
      • What are the implications of this statement?
      Steve Murdock
      Institute for Demographic and
      Socioeconomic Research
      The University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Texas’ New & Evolving Careers
      These careers fall into the following categories:
      • Information Technology
      • Telecommunications
      • Electronics Manufacturing
      • Health Services
      • Commercial Printing
      • Sanitary Services
      • Finance and Insurance
      • Transportation and Warehousing
    • Career Challenges:
      • Workers in the 21st century will average 8 different careers changes
      • Job longevity will average 5 to 6 years
      • Academics required for success in the workplace are greater than academics required for success in college
      • Students need strong, integrated academics to be prepared for their future
    • Where Does Education Come In?
      Princeton Economist, Alan Blinder, says “how we educate our children may prove to be more important than how much we educate them.”
      Students need to:
      Learn how to Learn.
      Have curiosity and passion - for a job, for success, for subject area or even a hobby.
      Be good at managing or interacting with other people.
      Nurture more of their right brain as well as their left.
    • Worker Skills for Success
      Strong Academics
      ELA, Math, Science, Computer Skills
      Career Skills
      Broad and Transferable
      Character Virtues
      Honesty, Responsibility, Integrity
    • AchieveTexas is a tool that can be used to link knowledge, skills, and application that creates a rigorous, relevant curriculum.
      What is AchieveTexas?
    • Concept -Students can succeed in school, career, and life if they plan their own individual college and career success.
      Philosophy- No career option is intrinsically better than the other. Whether the choice is right or not simply depends on the personal objectives of the student.
    • Goal- To prepare students for options, including college and career, and to allow them to choose the ones that are best for them.
    • “This initiative…centers on establishing career cluster systems in all of our schools. It is based on the belief that the curricula of the 21st century should combine rigorous academics with relevant career education.”
      “Career pathways are a way of reorganizing learning around clusters of study that will prepare students to graduate ready to work in an ever more competitive global economy.”
      Shirley J. Neely
      Former Commissioner of Education
      Texas Education Agency
    • Career Cluster System
      • 16 Career Clusters (
      • 6 Governor’s Industry Clusters
      • 112 Programs of Study
    • Governor’s Industry Clusters for Economic Development
      Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing
      Aerospace and Defense
      Biotechnology and Life Sciences
      Information and Computer Technology
      Petroleum Refining and Chemical Products
    • 8 Steps for System Building
      Implement AchieveTexas
      Span All Grades
      Implement Texas Achievement Plan
      Enhance Guidance
      Build Seamless Connections
      Establish Extended Learning
      Build Strong Partnerships
      Offer Professional Development
    • 1. ImplementAchieveTexas
      Build buy-in
      Recruit leadership
      Do the research
    • 2. Span all grades
      Elementary  Career Awareness
      Middle  Career Exploration
      High  Career Concentration
      Postsecondary  Career Preparation
      Lifelong  Career Advancement
    • Frenship ISD Career Readiness
      High School:
      Career Connections—required for all students
      Will offer National Career Readiness Certificate by ACT Workkeys in March 2009 for all senior students
      Groundhog Job Shadow Day Event
      High School GO Center (College for Texans)
      21 Industry Standard Certifications
      Tech Prep Career Expo
    • Frenship ISD Career Readiness
      Middle School:
      Career Investigations—optional; available online during the summer/Career Cruising
      Go Girl Engineering Event/Summer Career Camp
      Keyboarding, Information Technology Fundamentals, Broadcast Media, Principles of Engineering
      PAWS in Jobland
      Careers on Wheels
      Summer camps
    • National Career Readiness Certificate
      Piloted with all seniors in our CTE courses
      Took three assessment tests:
      Applied Mathematics
      Reading for Information
      Locating Information
      Out of 157 CTE seniors:
      51 received a bronze certificate
      70 received a silver certificate, and
      18 received a gold certificate
      Total: 139 students (88%)
    • 3. Texas Achievement Plan
      A smart, flexible college and career plan
      Includes high school, extended learning, and postsecondary education
      Based on Programs of Study
    • 4.Enhance Guidance
      Recognize students’ unique abilities
      Empower students to take charge of their futures
      Design and build a more effective guidance system
      Focus on college and career counseling
    • 5. Build Seamless Connections
      Jump-start postsecondary education
      Advanced Placement classes
      Advanced Technical Credit (statewide articulation)
      Dual Credit
      College Tech-Prep Local Articulation
    • Current CTE Dual Credit Courses
      • Arts, AV, & Communications:
      • ARTC 1313 (BIMM I) Digital Publishing I
      • IMED 1345 (BIMM II) Interactive Multimedia I
      • Information Technology:
      • COSC 1401 (BCIS II) Intro to Computers and Science
      • Education & Training:
      • CDEC 1317 Child Development I (online)—(Ready, Set, Teach I & II)
      • CDEC 2322 Child Development II
      • CDEC 2324 Child Development III
    • Current CTE Dual Credit Courses
      Health Science:
      VNSG 1420 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health
      VNSG 1331 Pharmacology
      VNSG 1126 Gerontology
      VNSG 1116 Nutrition
      INMT 1370 MSSC Production Technician Certification
      TOTAL HOURS: 26
    • Still to Come
      ACCT 2301 Accounting I (2009-2010)
      ACCT 2302 Accounting II (2010-2011)
      BUS 1301 Introduction to Business (2010-2011)
      Health Science: (2009-2010)
      HITT 1305 Medical Terminology
      EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
      EMSP 1160 Clinical EMT/Technician
      Transportation, Logistics & Distribution (2009-2010)
      AUMT 1301 Intro/Theory Auto Tech
    • Still to Come
      AUMT 1410 Auto Brake Systems
      AUMT 1407 Auto Electrical Systems
      AUMT 2417 Auto Engine Performance Analysis I
      INMT 2370 MSSC Production Technician Advanced Certification (2009-2010)
      ENGR 1304 Introduction to Engineering
      TOTAL HOURS: 36
    • Cost Savings
    • 6. Establish Extended Learning
      Career and Technology Student Organizations (CTSOs)
      Work-based Learning
      Job Shadowing
      Career Preparation
      Service Learning
    • 7. Build Strong Partnerships
      Establish B.E.S.T - Business Education Success Teams (Advisory Comittees)
      Industry Partnerships
      Job Shadowing (Industry Tours)
      Career Preparation
    • 8. Professional Development
      Engage students
      Career guidance
      Education Service Centers
      Business and Industry
      Other PD opportunities
    • Questions?