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TechConnect Program

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OVERVIEW

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TechConnect Applications

TechConnect Form 2

PURPOSE:

TechConnect is a career and technology education program designed to transition sixth- through 12th-grade students to the next level of career development. These programs provide foundational competency experiences by focusing on integration of rigorous academics, all aspects of the industry, employability and technical skills.

OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES:

The programs shall fall under guidelines defined by ODCTE.

Program scope and duration

TechConnect is designed as a two-year program. A TechConnect program may be offered in a one-period format referred to as TechConnect or in a two-period format that contains expanded laboratory experiences. Each semester course, in the two years of instruction, focuses on all aspects of the industry and integrates technical, academic and workplace skills.

TechConnect programs will be structured so that students will experience a semester of classroom and laboratory training in a minimum of three career pathway areas. The career pathways for this program are based on the needs of students and the availability of business and industry partners. In the last semester of TechConnect, students will take a capstone course focused on all aspects of the industry, selected by the student and approved by the teacher from one of the TechConnect courses completed.

All courses are one-semester, with the content area courses determined at the local schools from a list of appropriate courses as defined by ODCTE. Applicable course choices are defined within the respective TechConnect cluster area.

TechConnect

A full-time program will be defined as a minimum of four one-period courses within a six-period schedule or a minimum of four courses and one related course in a seven-period schedule. A half-time program requires a minimum of two course offerings.

A full-time program will be defined as a minimum of two two-period courses within a school schedule. A half-time program requires a minimum of one two-period course offering.

Enrollment

Program enrollment numbers shall be consistent with related career and technology program guidelines with particular attention given to local variables and available resources.

TechConnect is designed for students in grades six through 12.

Instructional content

A TechConnect program is designed to introduce students to a variety of clusters and pathways closely related to occupational content areas. A TechConnect program must align with the appropriate career cluster plan of study to ensure the proper sequencing of coursework and academic and technical rigor. Students will want to develop their own career cluster plans of study. Students may take interest and skills inventories to assist them in customizing their individual plans.

A program consists of at least three career pathway courses. Curriculum content of each of these courses is defined by course profiles through ODCTE. Each course in the program integrates technical, academic, and workplace skills through researched written and oral assignments in career pathway areas. The courses have a strong academic focus. For example, the precision machining course includes high-level trigonometry to figure angles needed in programming and requires logic and precision. This component helps the student identify potential career options/pathways and the academic expectations within the career area.

The last course in TechConnect programs is career aspects, a capstone course that focuses on all aspects of the industry selected by the student from one of the previous completed TechConnect courses. Career aspects will include a shadowing experience and an in-depth application project negotiated between the student and the teacher.

Instructional staff

Teacher certification shall be consistent with related career and technology program areas. Instructors shall work closely with the related programmatic instructor(s) at the technology center (where available). The sequencing and alignment of the TechConnect course's curriculum, training, tools/equipment and other skills will help students make an easy transition from the TechConnect program to advanced training. Instructors will need to continue to update their skills in the content areas. Teacher internships, job shadowing and in-service opportunities should be incorporated to keep instructors abreast of industry changes required for implementation into the content of their courses.

Equipment, tools and supplies

TechConnect program profiles for each cluster area define the required and recommended equipment, tools and supplies.

Facilities

Defined by and through consultation with the appropriate occupational division of the ODCTE. Navigation career training; agriculture, food and natural resources; architecture and construction arts; audio/video technology and communications; business management and administration; education and training; finance; government and public administration; health science; hospitality and tourism; human services; information technology; law, public safety, corrections and security; manufacturing; marketing; transportation, distribution and logistics; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; biomedical sciences; biotechnology science; Gateway to Technology; math and science; Oklahoma First Robotics; pre-engineering; Real World Design; technology engineering; news and events; cooperative alliances; scholarships; student organizations; career resources.

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