ERIC Number: ED346907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Oregon Tech Prep/Associate Degree Program: Developing a High Performance Workforce.
Oregon State Board of Education, Salem.; Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Office of Community Coll. Services.
Issued jointly by Oregon's Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Commissioner of Community Colleges, this policy statement is aimed at implementing the Oregon Tech Prep/Associate Degree Program (TPAD), a new applied academics curricular structure. The paper begins with a summary of Oregon's school reform effort, an open letter to the leaders of Oregon high schools and community colleges, a statement of the problem of addressing the educational and curricular needs of those students who are unlikely to complete a baccalaureate, and four benchmarks concerning the education and job training of high school students into the year 2010. Next, an introduction describes the need for a TPAD, emphasizing the ways in which such a program removes barriers to educational excellence. After providing a definition of a TPAD, the paper proposes that the following steps be taken to initiate Oregon's program: (1) develop a structured and substance-rich applied academics curriculum; (2) develop and implement high standards, achievement expectations, and assessment policies; (3) develop learning and guidance strategies; (4) provide teacher/counselor preservice and inservice programs; (5) develop the curriculum through collaboration among high school and college faculty, regional professional technical education coordinators, education service districts, and employer representatives; (6) develop strategies aimed at changing student, as well as public attitudes, about professional technical training; and (7) develop community college "bridge" programs to prepare adult students to move into TPAD programs. For each of the seven proposed steps, a number of more specific activities are explored. Notes and references are also included. (JSP)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Associate Degrees, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Government School Relationship, High Schools, Job Training, Position Papers, Program Design, Relevance (Education), Statewide Planning, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Oregon State Department of Education, Publications Sales Clerk, 700 Pringle Parkway S.E., Salem, OR 97310-0290 ($2).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Board of Education, Salem.; Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Office of Community Coll. Services.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon