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CareerTech Creates Statewide Curriculum Profile For Health Careers Students

April 15, 2014

To help more students complete health career studies at its technology centers, Oklahoma CareerTech is completing a statewide curriculum profile for the health careers core curriculum.

The ACT WorkKeys curriculum profile will help guide students into appropriate training programs and help them determine the skills they need to work on to complete their studies, said Susan Kuzmic, Career Readiness Certificate project specialist at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

The ACT WorkKeys system is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop and retain a high-performance workforce. The WorkKeys curriculum profile will work in a similar way for CareerTech health career students, who all start with the core curriculum, Kuzmic said.

“If students do not have the foundational skills to be successful in the curriculum, they will now know at the beginning and can use the Career Ready 101 curriculum to learn the skills while studying their career majors,” she explained.

Ten instructors or administrators involved in the development of the program, along with 10 students who are at least midway through the curriculum or have recently completed it, will participate in a subject matter expert session later this month. They will verify the critical tasks and duties – and skills needed to perform them – in the core courses: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and nursing assisting.

The curriculum profile cannot be used to exclude people from the health careers major at technology centers, but can be used for instructional purposes and appropriate career major placement, Kuzmic said.

The CareerTech Academic Enhancement and Health Career Education teams have been working on the profile since December. The profile’s executive summary will be available May 15, when tech centers can start using the levels, and the complete report will be available by June 19, Kuzmic said.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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