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State Board Policy

DESCRIPTOR TERM: New Program Approval for Career and Technical Education Ongoing Programs
CODE: 8213
ADOPTION DATE: June 25, 1985
REVISION: November 18, 2011

The State Board of Education shall consider requests for new programs when there is a demonstrated need and support by the requesting public local educational agency. The Office of Career and Technical Education shall establish written procedures for approving new programs. The Office of Career and Technical Education shall receive documented requests from the local educational agencies and make program approval determinations based on these criteria:

A. Skill program approval shall require a current needs assessment which documents student supply, training needs, job demands, available labor supply, plan for providing equipment, facilities and instruction, program support, and other pertinent data. The Office of Career and Technical Education shall give high priority to these approvals.

B. Technical program approval shall require a current needs assessment which documents student supply, training needs, job demands, available labor supply, plan for providing equipment facilities and instruction, program support, and other pertinent data. The Office of Career and Technical Education shall give high priority to these approvals.

C. Career and Computer Discovery programs will be discontinued at the end of the 2011-2012school year. Career Discovery will be replaced by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) I. ICT I (7th grade) introduces students to career opportunities and the skills needed for various career paths. Computer Discovery will be replaced by Technology Foundations and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) II. Technology Foundations and ICT II (8th grade) exposes students to a multimedia environment and fundamental computer skills. Technology Discovery programs will be discontinued at the end of the 2013-2104 school year. Technology Discovery will be replaced by Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Applications (STEM). STEM (9th grade) enables students to explore technology resources, processes, and systems that lead to enhanced career development and advanced education. ICT 1, ICT II, Technology Foundations, and STEM are designed to be delivered in lower grades with approval from the Office of Career and Technical Education.

D. Enrichment program approval shall require a current needs assessment which documents student supply, plan for equipment, facilities, and instruction, program support, and other pertinent data. The Office of Career and Technical Education shall give minimal priority to these approvals.

E. Administrative support approval for one (1) required career center director per center shall be made on agreed request. Additional career center director approvals shall require current needs assessment which documents an excessive demand for administrative services that cannot be reasonably expected to be performed by one (1) administrator. Non career center director approvals shall require current needs assessment which documents an excessive demand for administrative services that cannot be reasonably expected to be performed by one (1) administrator. The Office of Career and Technical Education shall give minimal priority to additional administrative positions and non vocational career center position approvals.

F. Guidance support approval for one (1) required career center counselor shall be made on agreed request. Additional career counselor approvals shall require a current needs assessment which documents an excessive demand for guidance services that cannot be reasonably expected to be performed by one (1) counselor. The Office of Career and Technical Education shall give minimal priority to additional counselor position approvals.

G. Career and Technical Education Programs not listed in the preceding categories will be approved and implemented based on the process/criteria established for that program/initiative as approved by the State Board of Education.

Legal Reference: MS Code 37-31-103.
Mississippi Department of Education     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     General Information: 601-359-3513

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