IEPI CTE Data Unlocked Workshop - April 2017: Tools for Growing Enrollment and Strengthening CTE Pathways

Under the Strong Workforce Program, many colleges are striving to increase enrollments in CTE. But in order to support this growth, colleges need to establish pathways that work for diverse student populations and help them progress up their career ladders. IEPI designed a workshop in order help colleges face these challenges. The workshop outlined common barriers to student progress and described ways that colleges can support students in overcoming those challenges. For example, topics included covered: Why students do and don’t major in CTE The highest-leverage actions that can change...

An Introduction to LaunchBoard

The CTE LaunchBoard , a statewide data system supported by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and hosted by Cal-PASS Plus, provides data to California community colleges and their feeder K-12 school districts on the effectiveness of CTE programs. This information is intended to facilitate local, regional and statewide conversations about how to improve student transitions from K-12 to college and on to the workforce. Below are descriptions, tools, and tutorial resources to get started on LaunchBoard. What Are the Data Sources in the LaunchBoard? (Infographic) How Do the...

CTE Data Unlocked: Using Statewide CTE Resources Workshop (2016)

Increasingly, colleges are examining employment outcomes and evaluating regional labor market data to support both planning and evaluation of career and technical education (CTE) programs. However, many colleges struggle to access and understand these new sources of information. This day-long training walked participants through a suite of resources and a new grant program that would help their college gather the data they need, understand how to integrate it into processes like program review and planning, and utilize tools that provide this information in a user-friendly format. Finally,...

Career Technical Education (CTE) Data - Informing Program Development

The CTE LaunchBoard, a statewide data system supported by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and hosted by Cal-PASS Plus, provides data to California community colleges and their feeder K-12 school districts on the effectiveness of CTE programs. This information is intended to facilitate local, regional and statewide conversations about how to improve student transitions from K-12 to college and on to the workforce. LaunchBoard data can be used to inform local discussions related to the development of new programs and the viability of existing programs. The resources below...

Using and Understanding Labor Market Information Data

Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in California community colleges must be informed by and respond to the needs of the state of California. There are many data sources that colleges can access when identifying new programs to develop, determining how to modify an existing program, or establishing the viability of a program. Labor market information is one of these data sources. Making Use of Labor Market Information: Where to Find Data for Common Community College Decisions Understanding Labor Market Information Resources: Descriptions, Benefits, and Limitations

Improving Career Technical Education (CTE) Data Quality

Reporting accurately on CTE programs is important to not only strengthen statewide tools, like the LaunchBoard , but also to help accurately depict a school’s outcomes and achievements. One way to increase the accuracy of CTE program data is by reporting locally-issued certificate data and ensuring appropriate use of the codes assigned to programs. Below are resources related to these two topics. Reporting Locally-Issued Certificates Which Codes Are Assigned to My Program? LaunchBoard Validation Strategies Understanding TOP Codes Understanding TOP Codes (Infographic) Want to Start Reporting...

Benefits of Cal-Pass Plus

Cal-PASS Plus is California’s free, actionable system of data that connects student performance from pre-K through grade 12 to college and university. Cal-PASS Plus data, coupled with data from the CTE LaunchBoard, can be used to inform efforts to align programs and curricula, identify scalable best practices, close the achievement gap, and ensure students’ successful transitions from K–12 through college and university and into the workplace. Below are some resources on the benefits of participation in Cal-PASS Plus. How Universities Can Benefit from Participation in Cal-PASS Plus How K–12...

Career Technical Education (CTE) Outcomes Survey

The Chancellor’s Office is underwriting the cost of participation in the CTE Outcomes Survey for all 114 California community colleges. The CTE Outcomes Survey collects statewide data for documentation of CTE outcomes and provides insightful information for local program improvement. Below are samples of the type of information that comes out of these surveys and a guide on how to get stronger response rates. CTE Outcomes Survey Poster for Students CTE Outcomes Survey Poster for Colleges Improving Response Rates on the CTE Outcomes Survey

Alternative Methods for the Awarding of College Credit: Credit by Examination for Articulated High School Courses

The California Community Colleges have long had mechanisms for awarding students credit for prior learning, from evaluating transcripts to establishing standards for the units and course credit to be associated with designated scores on nationally and internationally recognized curricula and exams. While the processes for awarding credit via these traditional mechanisms are generally well-developed, other avenues to college credit may not benefit from the same level of standardization and may be in need of refinement locally. Most notably, the awarding of credit in career technical education...

ASCCC Professional Development College

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) initiated the Professional Development College (PDC) in 2014 to serve as a comprehensive professional development resource for all faculty, staff, and administrators in the California community colleges. Faculty experts under the direction of the ASCCC design each PDC course to provide timely training that participants can complete at their own convenience. The courses all include expected outcomes and assessments to test the participants’ knowledge after completion of the course. The following courses are available as of January...