Career Technical Education

Prioritizing System Support for the ECE/EDU Education and Human Development Sector

Whereas, The California Governor’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care: California for All Kids1, released on December 1, 2020, contained sweeping recommendations related to the broad expansion of childcare and expanded learning and the provision of Transitional Kindergarten (TK) services for all of California’s four-year-olds, resulting in significant impacts on early childhood education and education (ECE/EDU) courses and the pivotal role California community college programs hold in recruiting, preparing, graduating, transferring, and supporting over 85% of the ECE

Collaborate with Regional Consortia

Whereas, The California community colleges’ career technical education mission and programs are monitored and supported by seven macro regional consortia whose members are comprised of representatives from every college within each of these regions, and each of these regional consortia exists as a separate entity operating under a separate grant with its own operating bylaws and practices;

Whereas, The California community colleges’ career technical education mission and programs are closely connected to industry and are supported by the sector and regional directors; and

Critical Support for Early Childhood Education/Child Development Programs

Whereas, The state of California will experience no economic recovery without securing safe and equitable accessible childcare for Californians as well as employment

opportunities and child education for the California Early Childhood Education workforce, over 85% of whom complete classes at California community colleges;

Work Based Learning in California Community Colleges

WORK BASED LEARNING IN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Career technical education (CTE), labeled career education by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) in July 2017,1 has been given a boost in recent years by legislation and funding intended to support efforts to close both the skills gap and employment gaps anticipated in California’s future. While classroom instruction is a critical component of programs that prepare students for the general and job-specific demands of occupations, work-based learning is equally critical.

Adopt the Paper Work-Based Learning in California Community Colleges

21.0           Whereas, Resolution 13.05 S18 directed the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges to “develop a paper that clearly explains and differentiates Career and Technical Education, Cooperative Work Experience, internship, and apprenticeship programs, including their regulations, funding models, and overall guiding principles, and bring the paper to the Spring 2019 Plenary Session for approval”;

Career Technical Education Apprenticeship Programs

Whereas, The Board of Governors approved the Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy Report and Recommendations,[1] including Recommendation 14.f., which states that the California Community College system should “Convene representative apprenticeship teaching faculty, labor organizations, and other stakeholders to review the appropriateness of minimum qualifications for apprenticeship instructors”;

Support for Career Technical Education Programs

Whereas, The Board of Governors approved the Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy Report and Recommendations,[1] including Recommendation 20.b., which states that the California Community College system should “Provide support for [Career Technical Education] CTE programs including internships, guest lecturers, employment, equipment and facilities support, and participation on advisory boards”;

Career Technical Education Professional Development for Faculty Internships and Mentoring

Whereas, The Board of Governors approved the Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy Report and Recommendations,[1] including Recommendation 13.d., which states that the California Community College system should “Establish a mentorship model that delineates pathways for industry professionals to intern at colleges to gain teaching skills, knowledge, and experience while pursuing an associate degree or the equivalent”;

Institute for Counseling Faculty Focused on Career Technical Education

Whereas, The Board of Governors approved the Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy Report and Recommendations,[1] including Recommendation 1.e., which states that the California Community College System should “Enhance capacity of counselors to provide [Career Technical Education] CTE-related program counseling through professional development and the sharing of best practices such as designating counselors as CTE specific or designating liaisons to CTE programs”;

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