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2001 Annual Report


Office of Vocational and Technical Education

 
Overview Technical Preparation
Career Discovery Computer Discovery
Technology Discovery Comprehensive Career Planning/Counseling Program
Work-Based Learning Science and Technology
Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System Overview Enrichment
Basic Skills Secondary Occupational Program Enrollment Compared to Estimated and Projected State Employment Needs
Postsecondary Occupational Program Enrollment Compared to Estimated And Projected State Employment Needs

Overview

Vocational and Technical Education is committed to preparing all learners in the state for new jobs, roles, technologies and responsibilities. It is making every effort to meet the challenges of increasingly complex and diversified industries that by necessity exist and operate closer to the edge of excellence in order to thrive and prosper in a global economy. Indeed, the future of Mississippi depends on meeting the challenge of training its people for the workforce of the twenty-first century and equipping them with the foundation of skills, technical knowledge, personal qualities, and competencies necessary for successful participation in business and industry.

The Vocational and Technical Education System is prepared to meet the changing needs of business and industry and to develop a quality workforce for a profitable economy in Mississippi. Vocational and Technical Education provides Mississippi:

•The state's most effective and fastest workforce development system.
•A State occupational education system for Mississippi students in more than 130 occupations system.
•A sophisticated system reaching every secondary school district and public community/ junior college in Mississippi.
•A system which provides vocational and technical instructional services to 206,636 students in Mississippi.
•A sophisticated system reaching every secondary school district and public community/ junior college in Mississippi.
•A system which utilizes an accountability plan to assess work readiness (academic) and occupational specific skills achievement for all completers.

To meet the challenges of the workplace, Vocational and Technical Education in Mississippi is prepared to:
•Assure that every citizen who will commit to learning has the opportunity to receive the necessary skills to achieve greater economic independence.
•Work with systems at the national, state and local levels to make workforce learning the most important item on the agenda and invest in that effort accordingly.
•Adapt the workforce development system for greater service and productivity in response to the changing nature of work and the phenomenal development of technology.

Vocational and technical services are provided through secondary, postsecondary, short-term adult, industry training, and business and industry partnership settings. These services are delivered through the following programs:
 
Agriculture Family & Consumer Sciences - Occupational
Marketing Education Trade and Industrial
Cooperative Education Health
Technical Family & Consumer Sciences - General
Business  Work-Based Learning
Career Discovery Tech Ed/Industrial Arts
Computer Discovery Science and Technology
Technology Discovery

Technical Preparation
(Tech Prep)

The Mississippi Tech Prep Initiative helps prepare young people for tomorrow's highly technical careers. The Initiative is based on principle of integrating academic and vocational education and proven applied teaching strategies. By combining innovative teaching methods and high-tech equipment, challenging, exciting classrooms have emerged. Coupled with six years of extensive career and educational planning, the Discovery Courses introduce all students to career opportunities and high-tech computer and technological skills. A brief description of the courses, objectives, and the number of Discovery programs in operation during the 1999-2000 school year follows.
 


Career Discovery

Career Discovery introduces seventh grade students to career opportunities and the skills needed for various career paths. An experimental hands-on is approach is used to make learning more fun for students. The course is designed to provide a variety of experiences and activities that promote self-awareness, career exploration, and educational planning related to students' future educational and occupational plans.

Course Goals

•To introduce basic concepts related to careers and career planning.
•To develop basic understanding of their own aptitudes, interests, and abilities.
•To develop basic career competencies related to the SCANS competencies and foundation skills.
•To explore careers in selected areas of the four career clusters associated with the Tech Prep program: Agriculture/Natural Resources Technology, Business/Marketing Technology, Engineering/Industrial Technology, and Health/Human Services Technology.
•To develop and implement a tentative career/educational plan relevant to their aptitudes, interests, and abilities.
 
Program Code Program Name Number of Programs Enrollment
000251 Career Discovery 260 35,581

Computer Discovery

Computer Discovery exposes eighth grade students to a multimedia environment and fundamental computer skills. Using an innovative multimedia environment to make subject matter come alive, this course is designed to provide fundamental skills in operation of microcomputers, including an introduction to computers, keyboarding skills, operating systems using Windows, and file management skills. Real-world applications in word processing, graphics, databases, telecommunications, spreadsheets, and desktop publishing make the course exciting, relevant, and challenging.

Course Goals

•To develop competencies in the use of the alphabetic and numeric keyboard by touch.
•To develop a basic understanding of terminology and applications, components, and care associated with the use of microcomputers.
•To develop an understanding of information processing principles and associated logical concepts.
•To develop an understanding of how key computer applications (word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphing, telecommunications, and desktop publishing) are used in the work environment.
•To develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills needed to enable students to function successfully on the job and in life experiences.
•To develop analytical math skills needed to solve problems using mathematical operations.
•To develop competencies in individual responsibility, leadership, self-management and integrity.
•To develop competencies associated with career planning.
 
Program Code Program Name Number of Programs Enrollment
000252 Computer Discovery 257 33,738

Technology Discovery

Technology Discovery enables ninth grade students to explore technology resources, processes, and systems that lead to enhanced career development and advanced education. The instruction consists of a well-structured series of technology based, hands-on learning activities, featuring self-contained, instructional modules with teams of learners participating in student-directed activities. Students learn through research, visualization, modeling, design, simulation, prototyping, journalizing, presentations, demonstrations, problem-solving techniques, role-playing, and testing.

Course Goals

To identify technological resources and apply them within the four career cluster areas of Agriculture/Natural Resources Technology, Business/Marketing Technology, Engineering/ Industrial Technology, and Health/Human Services Technology.

To experience and use selected technological processes found within the four career cluster areas.

To employ technological systems in the solution of problems.

To apply and transfer knowledge and skills regarding diverse technological systems.
 
Program Code Program Name Number of Programs Enrollment
000253 Technology Discovery 225 32,292

Comprehensive Career Planning/Counseling Program

Acting as a cohesive agent in the Tech Prep Initiative is the counseling component. This component of Tech Prep is designed to organize and expand career development strategies, activities, and experiences that will assist ALL students in making realistic career plans. These plans are initiated in the seventh grade and updated annually through the twelfth grade.
 


Work-Based Learning

In 1994, the Mississippi Department of Education, in cooperation with the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, and other industry representatives convened a group of key stakeholders to address the relevance of vocational-technical education training programs in meeting the needs of business/industry. Findings and recommendations from this meeting led to the development of a program entitled Work-Based Learning. The entitled Work-Based Learning program combines classroom instruction (occupational/ academic) with structured learning experiences at worksites. Work-Based Learning prepares students for current and future careers in a highly technical workplace by:
•bridging the gap between school and the workplace;
•combining theory and practice so that participants know not only what to do but why;
•turning learners into workers and workers into learners;
•providing structured entry for students through educationally sound, occupationally specific, and industry driven learning programs; and
•providing a vehicle for business/industry to become contributing partner in reshaping education within local communities.
 
Program Code Program Name Number of Programs Enrollment
000255 Work Based Learning 13 633

Science and Technology

Science and Technology is a postsecondary course initiative, that has recently come out of the pilot testing stage. The Science and Technology course is perceived as a curricular linkage functioning to provide a smoother transition between secondary and postsecondary vocational programs. Its major objective is to provide for enhancement of student performance and development of student competencies in scientific applications of current and emerging technology in preparation for the scientifically and technically advanced employment arena.
 
Program Code Program Name Number of Programs Enrollment
000254 Science and Technology 10 753

Mississippi Career Planning and
Assessment System Overview

The Mississippi Department of Education Office of Student Assessment, in cooperation with the Office of Vocational and Technical Education, is developing and implementing a customized vocational assessment program that will provide the basis for supporting Mississippi's progress in attaining its educational goals. The Mississippi Department of Education, under the leadership of the Office of Student Assessment and Vocational and Technical Education, through a committee of practitioners, has selected American College Testing (ACT) to produce a customized assessment program for implementing a vocational (work readiness and occupation-specific) assessment component of the Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System (CPAS).

The following assessments has been initiated to fully implement the vocational assessment (work readiness and occupation-specific) component of the CPAS in 2001:

•Three Work Keys components (Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information),
•Twenty-four occupational program area performance assessments, and
•Forty-three secondary and forty-three postsecondary occupation-specific assessments tailored to meet Mississippi's needs.

Enrichment

Enrichment Programs provide occupational exploratory experiences and information about technology and the world of work, consumerism, and the free enterprise system and include those programs which foster leadership skills, increase the maturity level of students, decrease dropouts, and promote effective human relations skills, good work habits, and other life-management skills.
 
Program Code Program Name Number of Programs Enrollment
20.0101 Comprehensive Consumer & Homemaking 8 454
21.0101 Technology Education 1 61

Basic Skills

Basic Skills programs include a common core of standardized basic skills for entrance into all vocational skill programs or entry into semi-skilled occupations.
 
Program Code Program Name Number of Programs Enrollment
00.0263 Basic Vocational Business Commerce 1 246
02.9990 Introduction to Agriculture Science 72 2,649
20.0192 Family & Consumer Sciences 224 33,596

Secondary Occupational Program Enrollment Compared to Estimated
and
Projected State Employment Needs

Secondary occupational programs are designed and operated to provide for development of essential, program area specific, occupational and entrepreneurial skills. Enrollment consists of students in grades 10-12. Instruction in these programs is accomplished through structured learning activities that integrate vocational and academic objectives. Upon program completion individuals possess marketable job skills and may choose to enter the workforce or pursue postsecondary education, in directly or indirectly related occupational and technical areas with possibilities for advanced placement, or another postsecondary offering.

Top Half Secondary Occupational Programs in CIP/Program Numerical Order
 
Program Code Program Name Number of Programs
10101 Agriculture Business and Management, General 15
10204 Agricultural Power Machinery Operator 26
10601 Horticulture, General 17
30401 Forest Harvesting and Production Technology 12
80705 General Retailing Operations 29
159991 Technology Applications 54
200201 Child Care and Guidance Workers and Managers 40
200301 Clothing, Apparel, and Textiles Workers 24
200401 Institutional Food Workers and Administrators 37
460201 Carpentry 12
460302 Electrician 8
460490 Building Trades, General 72
470201 Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 4
470603 Auto/Automotive Body Repairer 19
470604 Automotive Mechanics 57
470699 Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Mechanic 18
480101 Drafting, General 26
480508 Welder/Welding Technologist 16
511699 Health Cluster (Nursing, Other) 86
520408 General Office/Clerical and Typing Services 103
520902 Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Management 2
521201 Management Information Systems and Business Data 1

Bottom Half Secondary Occupational Programs in CIP/Program Numerical Order
 
Program Code Program Name Number of Programs
10301 Agricultural Production Workers and Managers 43
10303 Aquaculture Operations and Production Management 1
10401 Agricultural and Food Products Processing 2
20101 Agriculture Science 50
20201 Agricultural Animals AEST 4
20401 Agricultural Plants AEST 7
29999 Concepts of Agricultural Science AEST 8
30102 Agricultural Environment AEST 3
100199 Electronic Communications Production 1
120403 Cosmetologist 1
150607 Plastics Technology 1
200602 Elder Care Provider/Companion 1
200604 Custodial/Caretaker Services 1
460101 Mason and Tile Setter 9
470190 Electronics 12
470390 Industrial Maintenance Trades 5
470605 Diesel Engine Mechanics 2
470606 Small Engine Mechanic and Repairer 4
470692 Marine Engine Mechanics 1
480201 Graphic and Printing Equipment Operators 6
480503 Machine Shop Assistant 4
480590 Metal Trades 45
480790 Furniture Manufacturing and Upholstery 3

These rankings are based on Mississippi Employment Security Commission estimates of employed and projected to be employed data by CIP Code for the period 1995-2000, combined with Final Vocational Program Enrollment data for the 1999-2000 school year. Program rankings presented in this table do not reflect program quality. Care should be exercised in the use of these data for decision-making purposes. If more information is needed, please contact the Office of Vocational and Technical Education.
 


Postsecondary Occupational Program Enrollment Compared to Estimated
And
Projected State Employment Needs

Postsecondary occupational programs are designed and conducted to provide beginning, advanced, and technical, program area specific, occupational and entrepreneurial preparation for skilled/technical occupations. These programs are developed to reflect current and emerging technologies in order to address the needs of industry and other employers. State-of-the-art technology used in industry and integrated academic components are incorporated in the curriculum. Upon completion of a postsecondary occupational program, individuals have made preparation to enter skilled/technical level occupations.

Top Half Postsecondary Programs in CIP/Program Numerical Order
 
Program Code Program Name Number of Programs
10501 Agricultural Supplies Retail and Wholesale 1
10601 Horticulture, General 3
10605 Landscaping Operation and Management 3
30401 Forest Harvesting and Production Technology 5
80102 Fashion Merchandising 2
81203 Vehicle Parts and Accessories Marketing Operations 2
120402 Barber/Hairstylist 4
120403 Cosmetology 14
131501 Teacher Assistant/Aide 1
150303 Electrical, Electronic and Communications Technology 19
150404 Instrumentation Technology 3
150405 Robotics 2
200201 Child Care and Guidance Workers and Managers 16
200401 Institutional Food Workers and Administrators 5
220103 Paralegal/Legal Assistant 5
460201 Carpenter 9
460302 Electrician 14
460501 Plumber and Pipefitter 4
470201 Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 14
470302 Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Repairer 3
470603 Auto/Automotive Body Repairer 11
470604 Auto/Automotive Mechanic Technology 19
470605 Diesel Engine Mechanics 4
470692 Marine Engine Mechanics 2
480101 Drafting, General 20
480303 Upholsterer 1
480508 Welder/Welding Technologist 23
490202 Construction Equipment Operator 2
490205 Trucks/Bus/Other Commercial Vehicles 6
510601 Dental Assistant 2
510707 Medical Records Technology 3
510806 Physical Therapy Assistant 4
510904 Emergency Medical Technology 6
510907 Medical Radiologic Technology 8
510908 Respiratory Therapy Technician 10
510909 Surgical/Operating Room Technician 6
511004 Medical Laboratory Technology 7
511613 Practical Nurse (LPN Training) 26
511614 Nursing assistant/Aide 2
520401 Administrative Assistant/Secrretarial 34
520404 Medical Administrative Assistant/Secretarial 1
520801 Finance, General 1
520902 Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Management 8
521201 Management Information Systems and Business Data 14
521401 Business Marketing and Marketing Management 14

Bottom Half Postsecondary Programs in CIP/Program Numerical Order
 
Program Code Program Name Number of Programs
10102 Agricultural Business and Management, General 2
10104 Farm and Ranch Management 1
10299 Agricultural Mechanization, Other 2
10302 Agricultural Animal Husbandry/Production 1
10303 Aquaculture Operations and Production Management 1
10492 Food Products (Meats, Certificate) 2
10607 Turf Management 1
30509 Wood Science & Pulp/Paper Technology 1
100104 Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology 1
100190 Telecommunication 2
120301 Funeral Services and Mortuary Science 5
150101 Architectural Engineering Technology 3
150201 Civil Engineering/Civil Technology 2
150402 Computer Maintenance Technology 2
150507 Environmental and Pollution Control  1
150603 Industrial/Manufacturing Technology 3
150690 Automated Furniture Manufacturing 1
159999 Engineering Related Technology-Other 1
190705 Gerontology 1
200301 Clothing, Apparel and Textiles Workers 2
460101 Mason and Tile Setter 5
460301 Electrical/Power Trans Installer 1
470103 Communications System Installer 3
470390 Industrial Maintenance Trades 5
470391 Well Drilling 1
470408 Watch, Clock and Jewelry Repairer 1
470608 Aircraft Mechanic/Technician (Powerplant) 2
470690 Auto Machinist 3
470699 Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Mechanics 2
480201 Graphic and Printing Equipment Operators 1
480208 Printing Press Operator 1
480501 Machinist/Machine Technologist 1
480503 Machine Shop Assistant 13
480506 Sheet Metal 2
480507 Tool and Die Making 4
500402 Graphic Design, Commercial Art 3
510602 Dental Hygienist 2
510801 Medical Assistant 2
510803 Occupational Therapy Assistant 2
510805 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 1
510808 Veterinarian Assisting/Animal Health 1
511801 Opticianry/Dispensing Optician 1
520302 Accounting Technology 1
520803 Banking and Financial Support Services 1

These rankings are based on Mississippi Employment Security Commission estimates of employed and projected to be employed data by CIP Code for the period 1995-2000, combined with Final Vocational Program Enrollment data for the 1999-2000 school year. Program rankings presented in this table do not reflect program quality. Care should be exercised in the use of these data for decision-making purposes. If more information is needed, please contact the Office of Vocational and Technical Education.


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