To get you caught up on the work of the Career Pathways and Technical Education Advisory Task Force, we are writing a series of three blogs as mentioned earlier. This is the third of the three topics. Today we will summarize the recommendations by the members of the task force.
Previously, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) had requested recommendations from the members of the task force. MDE collected their ideas and combined similar concepts. Here is an abbreviated list — you can read the full and complete lists in their entirety on the MDE website at http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/Welcome/AdvBCT/index.html.
As you will recall, the goal of the task force is to better inform students about career options, occupational trends, and education paths leading to viable and rewarding careers.
The abbreviated recommendations after combining related or similar topics are:
- Strengthen the ability of all families to help their student make informed educational decisions.
- Create a virtual county school district to provide comprehensive services.
- Implement the study career fields as appropriate to enhance the ILP process.
- One staff person at the Workforce Service Area to act as a Regional Guidance Counselor.
- Assist school districts in designing their Individualized Life Plan according to age appropriate benchmarks.
- Develop and implement a systemic, consistent, integrated and age-appropriate career education curriculum (K-12).
- Require high school participation in one community-based experiential learning experience.
- Implement Individualized Learning Plans to blend career and academic achievement.
- Implement a portable electronic portfolio system.
- Provide career/assessment surveys for students.
- Implement Advisory Programs in schools no later than sixth-grade.
- Create and provide course registration guides around Career Fields/Pathways.
- Provide one work-based learning opportunity for every high school student prior to graduation.
- Fund Career and College counselor in each school.
- Train counselor(s) in career readiness on a regular basis.
- Implement college and career readiness standards.
- Restructure guidance counselors.
- Include counselors on the college and career readiness leadership team.
- High school students should take at least one career assessment and explore career of interest each year.
- Work towards goal of counselor to student ratio: 1 to 400.
- Comprehensive college and career readiness program to include academic, admissions, career, financial, and personal/social domains each year in high school.
Please note: This is the abbreviated interpretation. For the lists in their entirety, go to the MDE website at http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/Welcome/AdvBCT/index.html.