CTE Annual Plan
CTE Annual Plan
Posted on 04/10/2017

Director of Instructional Leadership for Career and Technical Education Maija Thiel presented the CTE annual plan to the Puyallup School District Board of Directors at the April 3 board meeting at Edgemont Junior High.

There are three overlapping requirements for a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course to meet the state defined criteria,: classroom instruction, hands-on labs, and extended learning opportunities.

In addition there are four extra administrative requirements for CTE courses: teachers certified in specific industry experience, advisory committees made up of people from the community working in the field being taught, a districtwide annual plan, and specific requirements for Carl Perkins funds.

In CTE one of the most valuable resources is the staff and the wealth of knowledge the CTE instructors bring from direct industry experience as well as maintaining current connections with that industry. Funds are allocated for the professional development of these instructors to ensure the CTE courses being provided align to current industry standards.

Another valuable asset to CTE courses are field trips for students to go out into the community to learn about and experience the career field they are preparing for.

Equipment and materials are also a crucial piece of CTE courses. Having industry partners come in to look at the equipment and how it is being used in instruction ensures it is aligned with industry standards. It is important for students to experience similar conditions as those in the industry. This supports student success after graduating high school.

An important focus of CTE courses is equitable opportunities. The goal is to provide students with 21st Century skills they need such as extended hands on labs. A perfect example of that would be the Puyallup High School Brickhouse Bistro which is a classroom setting where students also get to experience applying their career skills in a restaurant.

Career and Technical Student Leadership Organizations, such as Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), Skills USA, Technology Student Association (TSA), and robotics provide various services for the community. An example of this service is when HOSA works with Cascade Regional Blood Services on blood drives.

There are three questions the state uses to determine the success of CTE courses: How many students are earning dual credits? How many students are finishing two-year courses in a specific CTE career path? How many students are earning industry certifications?

The goal for this year is to evaluate how the statistics can be further analyzed to determine gaps in CTE programs. With that information it can be more easily determined what programs can be added or what energies can be shifted to sustain quality CTE programs. This is in direct alignment with the CTE goals for Pierce County.

Thiel said to the Puyallup School District Board of Directors, “What it’s really about is: what do we want students to learn? How do we know if they learned it or not? And what are we going to do to help them with that, or to provide more enrichment if they are ready to go forward?”

Devin Konsmo
konsmdm@puyallup.k12.wa.us