Career and Technical Education Counselors
CTE Counselors are charged with the implicit accountability performed by career technical centers and the Carl D. Perkins IV Core Indicators, through the Career Technical Counselor’s Program of Work: Academic (measured by Subject Area Test Program, and Skill Attainment (MS-CPAS2), Completion rates to include CTE completers and diploma earning students, nontraditional recruitment and completion (high skill, high wage, and high demand careers). They are also charged with positively impacting student success by identifying student’s skills and talents, build employability skills and address any personal and social issues that might impede a student’s success in their CTE classes.
Career and technical counselors’ work responsibilities impact students directly with career and personal development training curricula. Indirect involvement includes considerable efforts by counselors to provide enhanced experiential opportunities to fine-tune workplace skills through collaborations and partnerships with local area businesses and business leaders. Career and technical counselors collaborate with instructors, academic counselors, Student Services staff, and other professional staff to provide a seamless integration of academic, career and technical and personal skills resources. They work closely with the Special Education teachers and the academic counselors to maximize students’ academic achievement. Furthermore, following the Mississippi Curriculum Framework, career and technical counselors assume standard counseling duties designated by the American School Counselor Association.
Career and technical guidance services focus on assisting students in determining their area of interests and aptitudes, selecting a program that meets their career/occupational goals, and expanding their individual options. Program development includes recruitment and retention strategies and providing articulation among the career and technical education site and local business and industry, institutions of higher learning, and the district feeder schools. Goals and objectives for community involvement also include parent and family collaboration to support and nurture students’ goals and improve the probability of successful completion of the program.
The eight designated through areas in the CTE Counselor’s Program of Work directly related to Career and Technical Counselors’ activities are: