Pathways of Study
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IEBC has been supporting Pathways of Study for community colleges through our process known as “Curriculum to Career Choices (CtCC) SmartPathways.” This process helps colleges ensure that they have developed authentic pathways of study where student learning outcomes are linked to employer-derived expectations.
The unique and central feature of the CtCC SmartPathways is the faculty-led process that starts with, and builds on, occupation-specific expectations as described in the competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the CareerOneStop Competency Models www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/ and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) www.onetonline.org. These descriptions serve as the basis for a facilitated and faculty-driven collaborative process for creating SmartPathways.
CareerOneStop and O*NET are supported by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. O*NET is the nation’s primary source of information on the multiple types of competencies needed by employers of hundreds of careers. CareerOneStop uses O*NET and incorporates the information on career-specific competencies through partnerships with academic and technical subject matter experts.
Read more about the need for CtCC SmartPathways and how they work.
One example of CtCC in action has been our work with Odessa College, Ector County Independent School District, and Texas Tech University working as partners with IEBC to strengthen their health careers pathways of study.
The faculty-led process began with the employer-expected competencies. From this basis the work then focused on the courses and curricula in postsecondary educational programs and those of K-12. This work took place over four meeting and resulted in aligned student learning outcomes from the high school and college level within Allied Health professions.
The Odessa College coordinator of the project stated that this was the first time the college faculty sat down with the K-12 faculty to discuss each faculty’s essential role in identifying the learning outcomes (competencies).