Projects

College and Career Pathways

Background

The SECC will continue to assist GaDOE by providing technical expertise and support to the C&I and CTAE divisions in the collection of stakeholder responses to new courses offered in the career pathways. SECC will partner with the CCRS Center to examine employability skills and their inclusion in classroom instruction for all students. Also, SECC continues to provide TA for revisions to the CTAE strategic management and evaluation plan.

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Project Updates

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The SECC Georgia state liaison met with GaDOE staff to identify their priorities for continuing work on the College and Career Results for Success Center in Year 6. They identified support for reviewing and revising middle grades Pathways courses, supporting implementation of Employability Skills Task Force recommendations, and involvement in the work-based learning activities, networks, and meetings hosted by AIR’s Center on College and Career Readiness and Success, with a special emphasis on support for rural areas.

On several occasions, an SECC senior researcher, provided updated data from stakeholder surveys for music, drama, and fine arts to GaDOE staff in those areas for use in reports for the Georgia Board of Education. Additional data on world language courses will be posted for review in September.

 

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The SECC Georgia state liaison met with GaDOE staff to identify their priorities for continuing work on the College and Career Results for Success Center in Year 6. They identified support for reviewing and revising middle grades Pathways courses, supporting implementation of Employability Skills Task Force recommendations, and involvement in the work-based learning activities, networks, and meetings hosted by AIR’s Center on College and Career Readiness and Success, with a special emphasis on support for rural areas.

On several occasions, an SECC senior researcher, provided updated data from stakeholder surveys for music, drama, and fine arts to GaDOE staff in those areas for use in reports for the Georgia Board of Education. Additional data on world language courses will be posted for review in September.

Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, talked with both GaDOE staff Dwayne Hobbs and Barbara Wall, Career, Technical, and Agricultural (CTAE) director, to identify their interest in participating in the work-based learning group with the College and Career Readiness and Success Center at AIR in Year 6. They indicated their interest in being included in this work, and Hobbs indicated that members of his team would register for each of the four networks associated with this topic. Both Wall and Hobbs are also enthusiastic about having Trent Sharp, AIR, senior TA consultant, provide training for members of GaDOE and CTAE advisors on the Geographic Information System (GIS), to enable data presentations to be more useful to a variety of audiences and to support planning. They hope to host this training in September or October.

On June 15, GaDOE staff Dwayne Hobbs, Barbara Wall, CTAE director, and AIR's Ellen Cushing, College and Career Readiness and Success Center, presented Employability Skills Recommendations to the Georgia State Board of Education. The recommendations and accompanying strategies that include various stakeholder groups (business and industry, higher education, K–12 educators, legislators, parents, and community) in Georgia supports Governor Deal’s emphasis on job growth in the state and GaDOE’s goal of ensuring every student is career or college ready.

In May, staff from the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center and Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, continued the development, revision, and design of the Employability Skills Recommendations with Georgia Department of Education staff member Dwayne Hobbs and Barbara Wall, Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) director. The CTAE group will print documents for their use and post recommendations on their website.

On April 27–28, Dr. Wall, Hobbs, and three district CTAE directors participated in the State Work-Based Learning (WBL) Workshop in Arlington, Virginia, to establish collective investment in WBL opportunities in their state. 

On April 13, Ellen Cushing, deputy director of AIR's College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center; Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia State Liaison; and Dwayne Hobbs, Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE); facilitated the final meeting of the Employability Skills Task Force to complete revisions to the group’s recommendations. The group also provided input on the design of the document that will be used by GaDOE to share the recommendations that the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) group will print for their use and for web posting. On April 20, the partners met to debrief regarding the process and determine next steps for support.

During March, Ellen Cushing, Catherine Jacques, and GeMar Neloms, from AIR's College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center, Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison; and Dwayne Hobbs, GaDOE; reviewed the progress of the Employability Skills Task Force and edited key recommendations for increasing student success. The team also developed the agenda for the fourth meeting of the group to be held April 13. The team began the process of designing a print layout for the task force’s recommendations, which the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) group will print for their use and for posting on the department's website.

During February, Ellen Cushing and GeMar Neloms, from the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center; Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison; and Dwayne Hobbs, GaDOE, reviewed the progress of the Employability Skills Task Force in identifying key recommendations for increasing student success and developed plans for the fourth meeting of the group to be held April 13.

On January 19 and 24, AIR's Ellen Cushing and GeMar Neloms, from the College and Career Readiness and Success Center; Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison; and Dwayne Hobbs, GaDOE, reviewed the progress of the Employability Skills Task Force in identifying key recommendations for increasing student success and developed plans for the third meeting of the group on February 1. This meeting will be held at Newton College and Career Academy in Covington, Georgia.

 

On December 6, Cushing, Jacques, and Neloms from the CCRS Center, SECC’s Glenda Copeland, and GaDOE’s Barbara Wall and Dwayne Hobbs facilitated the second Employability Task Force Meeting at the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce office. The group reviewed their work from the previous meeting and identified tasks for the next meeting of the group on February 1, 2017. On December 5, SECC’s  Waters provided data to Sandi Woodall, director of Mathematics, Curriculum and instruction, from stakeholder review on posted courses in mathematics and English language arts (ELA).

On November 4 and 21, Ellen Cushing, Catherine Jacques, and GeMar Neloms from AIR's College, Career Readiness, and Success Center (CCRS Center), SECC’s Glenda Copeland and Barbara Wall and Dwayne Hobbs, from GaDOE, met in a phone conference to plan the second Employability Task Force Meeting. The December meeting will be held on December 6 at the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce office in Atlanta. In November, Eric Waters, SECC web applications associate, worked with Sandi Woodall, GaDOE director of Mathematics, Curriculum and instruction, to post courses in mathematics and English language arts for stakeholder review. The data collected will be shared with the Georgia Board of Education to assist it in the approval process.

On October 3, Ellen Cushing, Catherine Jacques, and GeMar Neloms from AIR's College, Career Readiness, and Success (CCRS) Center; Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison; and Barbara Wall and Dwayne Hobbs, from GaDOE; participated in a a debriefing of the first Employability Task Force meeting in Macon on September 21. The group discussed the concern about the importance of business representation in the work. It was determined that the next meeting of the task force would be in December. On October 27, Cushing, Jacques, Neloms,  Copeland, and Hobbs participated in a call to review the preliminary agenda and proposed activity for the second meeting of the task force. The group also reviewed participant evaluation survey data from the first meeting. In October, SECC’s Erin McCann continued to provide feedback to Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) managers on their work plans for Goal 5 of the GaDOE Strategic Plan. McCann will work with CTAE Director Wall to incorporate these plans into the overall CTAE strategic management plan.