Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education:
The National Career Clusters Institute
General Session Speaker Mark Milliron
June 17, 2014
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
NASDCTEc/NCTEF and CORD are proud to host a series of pre-sessions aligned with The Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity book. Half-day sessions will provide a strong overview of the topic of interest, with opportunities for discussion and hands-on learning. Participants will leave with a firm grasp of the topic and actionable steps for building on what they learned and discussed in the workshop. Full-day sessions will cover everything in the half-day sessions and include a deeper dive into the topic of interest, more facilitated discussion, and more opportunities for engaging in hands-on learning.
We also offer four sponsor/vendor-hosted pre-sessions and these are complimentary. These do not require pre-registration once on-site.
The fee-based pre-session require pre-registration. If you are interested in one of these pre-sessions and did not register in advance, please check with the registration desk to see if there is any availability.
Here are full pre-session descriptions:
Offered Sunday, June 15, 2014
Teaching for Success: This workshop is designed to support teachers in their role as learning facilitators within a career pathways system. Topics are centered on evidence-based practices that promote student engagement and the application and transfer of knowledge. Topics include 21st century teaching and learning challenges; brain-based learning research; connecting knowledge and application; contextual teaching and learning strategies; teacher effectiveness; support systems; role of business and industry; case studies; and recommendations for success. This workshop includes a copy of The Career Pathways Effect book. When offered: Sunday, June 15, 2014; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. One hour break for lunch on your own (lunch not included). Fee: $250.
Counseling for Success: A career pathways system requires a progressive counseling system beginning in early childhood and continuing through adulthood. This workshop is designed to support educators and career/academic counselors in their role in providing guidance with a student’s educational and career pathway. Workshop topics include: career guidance theory; career guidance tools (assessment, databases, technology); career guidance support; role of career counselors in programs of study; counselors as the lynch pin and facilitator; and individual learning plans. The workshop includes a copy of The Career Pathways Effect book. When offered: Sunday, June 15, 2014; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. One hour break for lunch on your own (lunch not included). Fee: $250.
Partnership Opportunities: A career pathways system requires multiple partnerships within a community. This in-depth full-day workshop will give the participants an immersion into the world of partnerships. Workshop topics include partnership advantages; partner identification; goal setting; Model structures; Partner roles and responsibilities; Action plan development; and Partnership management – operating and sustaining. Participants in the full-day workshop will actually develop a plan for implementation at the local level. The workshop includes a copy of The Career Pathways Effect book. When offered: Sunday, June 15, 2014; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. One hour break for lunch on your own (lunch not included). Fee: $250.
Purpose-Driven Career Development: Implementing a Model that Works
This pre-conference workshop will teach attendees about theoretical and practical approaches to career development that are proven effective for student success. Learn about innovative career development models from Kuder, Inc., an industry pioneer that has continued to deliver reliable, evidence-based education planning and career guidance solutions for over 75 years. Kuder's knowledge and expertise can guide you in implementing an ideal career development model that increases academic performance as well as transition, retention, and graduation rates. Presenter: Jacob Flaws, Senior Sales Associate, Kuder, Inc. The pre-session is hosted by Kuder, Inc., a sponsor, and there is no charge to registrants to attend this pre-session. When offered: Sunday, June 15, 2014, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Fee: no fee.
Statewide Implementation of Certification - CTE Success Stories
Come learn how other CTE leaders have successfully implemented industry certification programs like the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) or the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) in partnership with Certiport. Learn about the larger return on investment realized when these programs are implemented, from financial savings to students/families, to proven longitudinal metrics showing significant academic re-engagement by students involved in these programs! Aaron Osmond, State Senator from Utah and VP of North America for Certiport will be presenting this session. The pre-session is hosted by Certiport, a sponsor, and there is no charge to registrants to attend this pre-session. When offered: Sunday, June 15, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Fee: no fee.
TOUR OPTIONS FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014
We are very excited to have joined with several local partners to offer site tours as an interactive feature at The Achieving Excellence Institute. Look for a tour in your Career Cluster or learn about unique methods in another—no matter your selection, you will come away with new ideas for enhancing CTE back home, along with nationwide connections in your fellow tour-goers!
Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center
Modeled in both content and rigorousness after university Equine Science programs, the Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center (AAEC) curriculum is unparalleled at the high school level, and offers numerous equine-related options to engage students. The Equine Studies program provides unique, challenging, broad-based educational opportunities for students who have a special interest in horses and the horse industry. The AAEC-Paradise Valley Equine Studies program is recognized nationally and received the 2009 American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) Partnership award for innovative programs that “connect kids through horses.”
The 12-acre charter school campus is brand new and is an Early College High School in partnership with Paradise Valley Community College, with many students receiving their Associate degrees along with their high school diploma upon graduation. The program also has a vet mobile lab with two surgery rooms.
This tour will feature the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster.
This tour will end at Noon.
EVIT (East Valley Institute of Technology)
Upheld as a model for Career Technical Education by the U.S. Department of Education, EVIT provides students with the advanced skills and training needed to thrive in today's competitive job market. EVIT is a public school district, serving 10th, 11th and 12th grade students from ten sending high schools.
Specifically, the tour will feature Radio/Audio Production, a program that trains students on a fully functioning radio station – the Pulse – that broadcasts at 90.7 FM and 92.7 FM. Students are exposed to the day-to-day operations in the music business including audio production, radio advertising, promotions, image branding, and news writing. Students also work in digital audio workstations that are standard in recording studios and may have the opportunity to broadcast a show and participate in live radio remotes. The tour will also feature EVIT’s culinary arts (a la carte and quantity cooking), commercial baking and dining room operations program, where students gain hands-on experience working special functions, breakfasts, luncheons and dinners in the culinary banquet hall.
Finally, the tour will include the opportunity to learn about The Great Globe Project, a world-wide initiative to precision manufacture a 40-stories high global, which is hosted at EVIT, as well as EVIT’s Nursing Program.
This tour will feature:
This tour will end at 1 p.m. NOTE: This tour has reached it's cap and is no longer available.
GateWay Community College
Among the many health science programs available, GateWay Community College provides an integrated learning experience for healthcare professional students, particularly in the physical therapy and sonography disciplines in the form of a student-staffed community clinic. The Healthcare United at GateWay (HUG) Clinic is open to the public two days a week and provides free physical therapy and ultrasounds to the public. It is one of two programs of its kind in the United States. The health science programs at this campus have very strong partnerships with industry and four-year institutions. GateWay Community College is part of the Maricopa Community College system.
This tour will feature the Health Science Career Cluster.
This tour will end at 1 p.m.
Hilton Insider’s Tour
Participants will get a glimpse of the hospitality and tourism industry with a behind-the-scenes tour of our meeting location, the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, visiting the kitchens, sales areas and other areas not seen by the public. Guest speakers will share information about the Phoenix tourism industry.
This tour will feature the Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster.
This tour will end at 11:30 a.m.
Metro Tech High School
The College of Cosmetology program has a working salon open to the public. The Floral Design and Business Operations program combines fresh flower designing and business office skills, with a shop also open to the public during the school year. The Culinary Arts two-year program prepares students for entry-level positions in the culinary field and dual enrollment is available in Baking. Food used in one of the two on-site dining facilities is in part supplied by an on-campus greenhouse. The Banking/Finance program has a full-service credit union on the school premises, where students learn all aspects of banking as part of their training. Metro Tech has modified the names of their Career Clusters to include Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Financial Services, and Business Operations Support and Assistant Services.
Metro Tech provides good examples of how entrepreneurship in the form of working businesses can be incorporated in a school setting.
This tour will end at Noon.
SUMCO Corporation is an international leader in the production of ultra-pure, defect free, single-crystal silicon wafers for the global semiconductor industry. SUMCO provides state-of-the-art products, high-tech solutions and technologies to customers worldwide, and offers the broadest technology base in the wafer industry. On the SUMCO tour, you will see how silicon wafers are made from raw poly silicon into 99%-pure, crystal silicon ingots weighing 275 pounds. These ingots are ground, cut into blocks and then cut into 8-inch diameter wafers less than a millimeter thick, which are given a mirror-like polish. SUMCO operates 12 manufacturing facilities located in Asia and the United States, with their corporate headquarters located in Phoenix. This tour has a cap of 25 attendees.
Note: This tour will require a lot of walking. Attendees are advised to wear good walking shoes and to bring a light jacket as the plant is kept very cool.
This tour will end at Noon. This tour has reached it's cap and is no longer available.
Sunrise Mountain High School
Part of the Peoria Unified School District, Sunrise Mountain High School is a comprehensive high school with a range of in-school CTE programs, which largely subscribe to the Program of Study (POS) model. Their early childhood program is supported by a Rigorous Program of Study grant, which gave them the tools they needed to turn in a program that was essentially “child care,” into a POS that has strong articulation with a community college (and the community college with a four-year institution) allowing students to earn up to 12 credits towards their associates degree through this program. They also have an engineering program that has a new partnership with Embry Riddle and other postsecondary institutions. Their Fire Safety program has the support of the local fire department, and is taught by a local firefighter. Their Automotive Technologies program prepares students to use some of the most modern technology being used in our automobiles today.
West-MEC Central Campus
This program is one of only three high school programs approved by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the nation as of 2011, as being able to administer three FAA certifications: ‘General Aviation’, ‘Airframe’ and ‘Power Plant.’ Students must complete 1900 hours of training during their junior and senior year, including summers between and post-graduation. This two-year program teaches maintenance and repair of aircraft mechanical systems including, electricity, turbine and reciprocating engines, aircraft finishes, sheet metal, welding, landing gears, hydraulics, propellers and more. In March 2013, West-MEC started its first cohort of adults in the Aviation (Airframe and Power Plant) programs.
Participants will also be able to see the brand-new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Precision Manufacturing building, adjacent to the Aviation building. This two-year program exposes students to precision manufacturing and computer numerically-controlled machining. Students will gain insight on the select tools and materials needed to make durable goods, read blueprints, and comprehend CNC theory and procedures, applying math skills. Upon completion of the program, students may test to receive a certification with the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). West-MEC Central Campus is part of the Western Maricopa Education Center, which serves 12 member school districts.
This tour will end at 1 p.m.