Statewide CareerTech Curriculum Profile Will Help Health Careers Students
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education recently completed a statewide curriculum profile for the health careers core curriculum at CareerTech’s technology centers.
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, CareerTech Career Readiness Certificate project specialist.
“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 said.
Carol Farris, an ACT authorized WorkKeys job profiler, analyzed the three courses that make up the health careers core curriculum: technology center health careers core, medical terminology and anatomy and physiology. The difficulty in creating the profile, she said, was that the technology centers do not all use the same curriculum for the courses.
But even though students study from different publishers’ lessons, she said, “everybody has the same objectives.”
Anatomy and physiology is part of every training program for health careers.
So with 18 subject matter experts -- nine instructors, one coordinator and eight students -- and a representative sample of the publishers used by technology centers, she analyzed the courses for three WorkKeys skills: applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.
The subject matter experts analyzed more than 300 learning objectives for the three courses, identified the WorkKeys skills required to meet those objectives and then identified the skill levels necessary to enter health science career cluster pathways and the expected skill levels of those who successfully complete the three courses.
Students planning to enter the health science career cluster can take the WorkKeys assessments for the appropriate skills before beginning their studies and know what they need to improve, Farris said. They can also use the assessments and core curriculum profile to help them choose career pathways, she said.
“This endeavor of curriculum profiling is a true marker on the milestone of paving the way for other career tech curriculums to use this process to profile the tools needed to help students achieve career success,” said Marie Howard, Francis Tuttle Technology Center Reno Campus director. “This is the kind of effort and work behind the scenes that make it possible for future employees to be placed with the correct type of employment. These efforts are to be applauded as well as modeled.”
Farris will present “The Benefits of Using a Curriculum Profile: Health Careers” to instructional leaders at the 47th annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference Aug. 4-5 in Tulsa. Each instructional leader present at the session can submit the name of a designated person to receive each technology center’s copy of the report. ODCTE will mail them after the conference.
The full report on the curriculum profile can also be downloaded at http://www.okcareertech.org/news/press-releases/2014/ok-careertech-health-careers-core-curriculum-report.
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