Glossary

    • Career and Technical Education (CTE) - the practice of teaching specific career skills to students in middle school, high school, and post-secondary institutions.
    • Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) - extracurricular groups for students to further their knowledge and skills by participating in activities, events, and competitions.
    • General Advisory Council (GAC) - provide guidance to the district regarding the district direction in the area of CTE.
    • Program Specific Advisory Council (PSAC) - provide guidance to specific programs based on current industry standards.
    • Dual Credit - Dual Credit Programs allow students to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school.
    • Equivalency or “2 for 1” Classes - The “two-for-one” option is a Washington State rule change that allows students who take CTE-equivalent courses to satisfy two graduation requirements while earning one credit.
    • Industry Recognized Certifications - These certificates indicate that students have demonstrated the knowledge and skills employers are looking for in their future employees.
    • Career Readiness Cords - A Career Readiness Cord is an honorary designation given at graduation that signals to future employers and post-secondary institutions that students have participated in a wide range of high school career preparation courses and have demonstrated evidence of 21st-century skills valued in the workplace.
    • Career Pathways or Programs of Study - The Programs Of Study are examples designed to act as a guide to help learners navigate their way to greater success in college and career.  The framework functions as a useful guide in assisting the student in creating their individual plan of study for a complete range of career options. 
    • Workplace Readiness Skills - skills that local employers are looking for beyond technical skills.
    • Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) - Perkins V legislation (the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act) includes a new requirement for local eligible recipients to conduct a comprehensive local needs assessment (CLNA) of every CTE program and needs to be updated every two years. This requirement translates the language of the law into tangible steps for analyzing data from local and regional labor, industry and educational entities. It provides the foundation of Perkins V implementation at the local level and drives the development of the local application and future spending decisions.
    • OSPI- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction- leading body of education in Washington State.
    • STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Primary focus of these classes is to solve problems.
    • Perkins iGrant- One source of funding for our CTE courses.

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