Working Definition for CTE ACE (Alternative Cooperative Education)
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ACE Career & Technical Education (CTE) Special Populations1 pathway is programming where students – who are identified as special populations- receive intentional instruction to obtain, demonstrate & apply knowledge, skills and performance of Postsecondary Workforce Readiness (PWR)2 competencies for navigating, maintaining and furthering their Postsecondary Workforce success.
This is accomplished through collaboration with educators, business, industry and community-at-large to create responsive, relevant work-based learning experiences that facilitate professional & technical skill attainment3.
1. Special Populations (per Perkins Act of 2006) include:
Individuals with disabilities; individuals with economically disadvantaged families, including foster children; individuals preparing for non-traditional fields; single parents, including single pregnant women; displaced homemakers; and individuals with limited English proficiency.
2. Postsecondary Workforce Readiness (PWR) competencies include:
- Entrepreneurial: Critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, inquiry and analysis, informed risk taking
- Personal: Initiative and self-direction, personal responsibility and self-management, adaptability and flexibility, self-awareness of learning preferences, strengths, and areas for growth
- Civic: core academic foundation, collaboration and teamwork, communication, global and cultural awareness
- Professional: time and work management, career literacy, grit and resilience, work ethic; dependable and reliable
- Academic: discernment, apply skills and knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving, inquiry, analysis and evaluation.
3. Technical Skill Attainment is defined as: is knowledge and skills as defined by Career Technical Standards performance measures that are mastered by the student in the CTE program. This verification can be done via formal assessment; performance based assessment or from work accumulated in a portfolio.
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