Highlights from the Collaborative Strategic Planning Meeting

Last Friday, August 3, the Southern & Eastern CTE Collaborative had a Strategic Planning Meeting. For those who were unable to attend, here are some highlights. If you have questions or comments please feel free to post them here or email Bob Hawkes at bhawkes@kccd.edu or give him a call at (661) 336-5047.

CATEMA

During the Spring semester of  the 2011-12 school year, colleges and high schools in the Collaborative began using CATEMA (Career and Technology Education Management Application) software. In one semester, while still learning the capabilities of the software, we were able to accomplish the following:

  • 46 high schools and 3 colleges signed up with accounts
  • 76 teachers signed up and 14 participated in year 1
  • 70 articulated classes were offered
  • 10 schools successfully articulated students
  • there were a total of 772 total duplicated enrollments
  • 464 (60.1%) enrollments were successfully completed
  • 201 (79.1%) students received college credit

High School

Total # of Enrollments (Students)

# Receiving Credit (Students)

%  Enrollment Credit

% Students Receiving Credit

Cal City HS

384 (75)

226 (58)

58.9%

77.3%

Delano Adult

20 (20)

20 (20)

100.0%

100.0%

KC ROP

13 (13)

13 (13)

100.0

100.0%

Mammoth HS

15 (15)

11 (11)

73.3%

73.3%

Mojave Jr/Sr HS

222 (54)

84 (28)

37.8%

51.9%

Porterville HS

8 (8)

8 (8)

100.0%

100.0%

Rosamond HS

1 (1)

1 (1)

100.0%

100.0%

Shafter HS

36 (36)

32 (32)

88.9%

88.9%

Stockdale HS

9 (3)

6 (2)

66.7%

66.7%

Tehachapi HS

63 (28)

62 (27)

98.4%

96.4%

Tulare Adult Ed

1 (1)

1 (1)

100.0%

100.0%

TOTAL

772 (254)

464 (201)

60.1%

79.1%

Note: There are duplicated counts because students may take a sequence of courses at the same high school and may receive credit in each class they take.

SB70 Funds

During the past three years, there have been 94 different individuals from the Collaborative who have submitted requests for funds. Laura Hickle from the Sierra Sands Unified School District had the most requests of the three-year period with 23 separate requests. Other double-digit requests came from Janie Budy from Bakersfield College with 20, Valerie Karnes from Cerro Coso Community College with 13 and Daniel Binsfeld from Kern High ROC with 11. The minimum request was for $98; the maximum request was for $36,087; generating a mean of $3,662. The table below shows the number of requests over the past three years by activity and region.

Activity

Region 1: Colleges and KCSOS

Region 2: KHSD Schools and PBVSD

Region 3: Sierra Sands Unified School Dist.

Region 4: Southeast Kern

Region 5:
West Kern

Region 6:
North Kern

Region 7:
Northeast Sierra

Region 8:
Tulare

Total

Books/Materials

3

15

1

8

0

3

7

7

44

Career Exploration

36

24

8

20

3

2

21

8

122

Professional Development

9

10

9

10

1

1

1

3

44

Student Conference

8

9

4

0

0

1

2

0

24

Networking & Partnership

15

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

19

Other

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

2

TOTAL

71

60

22

39

5

7

33

18

255

The table above shows that the most requests come from the colleges and the largest high school district in the area and the majority of requests were for career exploration activities with students.

Current and Future Funding

  • 10-140 SB70 Core (ends 3/31/13) has an approximate balance of $260,000
  • 10-141 SB70 Supplemental (ends 3/31/13) has an approximate balance of $100,000
  • 11-140 SB70 Combined (2/1/12 – 2/28/14) has a balance of $411,350
  • CTE Transitions Grant (7/1/12 – 6/30/13) has a balance of $197,560
  • 12-140 SB70 Combined (11/1/12 – 11/30/14) has a balance of $411,350

This gives the collaborative a grand total of approximately $1,380,260 which should carry us through to the end of 2014.

Funding Policy

Requests for reimbursement funding in the form of an invoice for all SB70 projects approved by the Southern & Eastern Sierra CTE Collaborative must be submitted within 30 days of the completion of the activity or project. As the applicant you are responsible for submitting the information required by your school/district business office in order to generate an invoice or notifying the Director, Workforce Development, in the event of a delay. Without an invoice or approved delay, the purchase order and approval will be canceled.

Goals and Strategies

There was essentially no change in the Collaborative’s goals. They continue to be:

  1. Increase the number of high school graduates in our region.
  2. Increase the number of students entering community colleges in the region who are prepared to do college level work.
  3. Increase the number of students who complete programs of study and earn degrees or industry recognized credentials.

Strategies or tactical steps used to accomplish the above goals include:

  1. In middle school, an active program of career exploration and interest assessment will be part of the curriculum. The Collaborative will facilitate these programs and activities for both students and parents by providing professional development to faculty and counselors as well as providing resources and materials. The goal is that each student entering high school will have an identified career goal from the 60 CTE pathways. This foundational step is vital to the success of the plan.
  2. High school freshmen and their parents will be given a Program of Study that clearly shows the course work needed, through community college, to achieve the student’s career goal. High school and college faculty will align curriculum to industry standards.
  3. Testing to determine college readiness will be conducted for high school sophomores and juniors. The assessment instruments (such as COMPASS Plan or Accuplacer Diagnostic) will identify specific areas where remediation is needed.
  4. Summer and Saturday “Boot Camps” will be offered that target individual student’s needs as identified through diagnostic testing. Boot camps will provide short, topic directed, creative remediation aimed at just those areas where students need help. Using local and regional boot camp centers, as well as on-line and distance learning techniques, all regional high school students will be offered help.
  5. Every high school student as part of their Program of Study, will have the opportunity to earn credit at regional community colleges through an articulation process that awards those credits when they are earned. Selected college and high school CTE classes and final exams will be aligned with national, indiustry recognized standards, skills and competencies. Students earning a final grade of B or better (and a C or better on the college approved final exam) in the aligned high school course will automatically receive college credit. In addition students will be given the opportunity to earn college credits through a Dual (Concurrent) Enrollment program. Our goal in this area is that 50 percent of the graduating seniors from regional high school will have earned at least 9 college credits by 2016.

Vision and Mission Statements

It was decided to keep the current mission statement which is:

The Southern & Eastern CTE Collaborative will facilitate programs and practices
that will help students transition from high school through college and into careers.

The new vision statement is:

The Southern & Eastern CTE Collaborative will work together so effectively
that every student in our region can have a successful career.

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