Division of Career & Technical Education assesses curriculum
The Division of Career and Technical Education convened its 2013 Craft Committee Wednesday evening to discuss the revision and assessment development of its current curriculum. After an introduction of the faculty and staff by Associate Vice President of Career and Technical Education Lucy Chatman-Scott, the division enjoyed dinner before breaking out into individual departments to begin discussions.
After the breakout meetings by department, each instructor will present the minutes of their meetings to Career and Technical Vice President Anne Shelton-Clark who will then discuss them with AVP Chatman-Scott and Career Technical Counselor Charles Butler. The trio will discuss the ideas within, and work with instructors to update the curriculum accordingly.
The craft committees consist of school practitioners of the occupation that is being taught, and each Career and Technical program at Coahoma has one. Their purpose is to work with the instructors to keep the program up to date and advise the instructor and students on the skills required to be successful in that field. This real world business knowledge is paramount to the ongoing success of the programs.
“They look at our labs, they look at our equipment and make sure that our instructors are running their classes at current business standards,” said Shelton-Clark. “They look at retention and job placement and they ensure we are up to date with how we are educating our students.”
The 30-45-60 talks were based on the outline that all students in the programs attain levels of certification based on the number of hours they have completed in that program.
After 30 hours of study, students can earn a Career Certificate defined as: A certificate based on the attaining of skills required for manual activities related to a trade primarily involving non-academic skills.
After 45 hours of study, students can earn a Technical Certificate defined as: A certificate based on the attainment of technical skills that emphasize understanding of the practical application of science and mathematics.
After 60 hours of study, students can earn an AAS Degree defined as: Associate Degree options are based upon SACS accreditation that generally requires 15 General Education hours of credit.