Occupational Programs Course Expansion

Fall
2009
Resolution Number: 
21.01
Contact: 
Category: 
Career Technical Education
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, Career technical education programs often have students that who lack the practical skills necessary for employment, such as basic skills and the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) competencies; and

Whereas, Employers* report that entry-level employees are having difficulties with the basic reading, writing, mathematics, and oral communication skills necessary to adequately perform their jobs; and

Whereas, Students in career technical programs need to learn these practical skills in addition to the skills taught in their specific programs to increase their employability and success in the job market;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local career technical education faculty to work with other faculty (including mathematics, English, and ESL faculty) on ways to include SCANS competencies, basic mathematics, and English content suitable to CTE programs in an appropriate manner.

*Source: The Conference Board, Inc (2006). “Are They Really Ready to Work? : Employers' Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce.” The Workforce Readiness Project. Retrieved November 20, 2008, from http://www.conference-board.org/pdf_free/BED-06-Workforce.pdf.

MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Status Report: 

The ASCCC has engaged in several large scale efforts to ensure viable opportunities exist for CTE students to remediate any basic skills deficiencies either before they get into community college and while there. These include the Basic Skill Initiative, Statewide Career Pathways, CTE regional meetings, and 2014 Curriculum Institute CTE strand to name a few.