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Technical education standards to update

New state rules specify goals for 59 career paths

Posted: September 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

California education officials have updated the state’s plans for job training for seventh- through 12th-grade students, and Hart district officials are preparing to enact the new standards.

“It is critical that we support and guide our students who may not be college-bound,” said Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

Options for that guidance already abound, Pinsker said, including the district’s Regional Occupational Program, electives, internships, career path programs, apprenticeships and career fairs.

The Hart district’s Regional Occupational Program provides on-the-job training and career guidance to high school students in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The new technical education standards are written for grades seven through 12 and cover 630 pages. They specify learning goals in 59 career pathways organized around 15 industry sectors, with training for fields from health care to fashion design.

“The new standards build on the previous (technical education) standards and were created with input from more than 300 people from business, industry, labor, postsecondary and secondary education sectors,” California schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson said in a statement.

psmith@the-signal.com

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