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ERIC Number: EJ836345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
A Closer Look at Programs of Study
Hyslop, Alisha
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v84 n3 p40-41 Apr 2009
One of the key themes of the 2006 Perkins Act was strengthening connections between secondary and postsecondary education. While that idea was certainly not new to career and technical education (CTE) programs, there were several new elements in the legislation. The most systemic, and the one that has gotten the most attention, is the new requirement for "programs of study." This article takes a closer look at programs of study and focuses on the new requirement for programs of study which provides CTE with an opportunity for innovation and reform. Programs of study must incorporate secondary and postsecondary education elements; include academic and career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses; and lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or bachelor's degree. As an option, they may also provide students with opportunities for dual or concurrent enrollment. Programs of study are very similar to, and build on, positive initiatives already under way in CTE programs around the country, including Tech Prep, career pathways, career academies and career clusters. They are designed to serve as a seamless education continuum, leading students through secondary and postsecondary education toward high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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