3301-61-03 Criteria for secondary workforce development programs.

(A) Each school district shall provide, through an approved plan for secondary workforce development in accordance with the provisions of rule 3301-61-02 of the Administrative Code, approved programs that meet all criteria for secondary workforce development programs as specified in paragraphs (B) to (H) of this rule.

(B) Each school district working through their career-technical planning district (CTPD) shall provide Ohio career-technical educational opportunities representing twelve programs in at least eight of the following career fields:

(1) Agricultural and environmental systems.

(2) Arts and communication.

(3) Business and administrative services.

(4) Construction technologies.

(5) Education and training.

(6) Engineering and science technologies.

(7) Finance.

(8) Government and public administration.

(9) Health science.

(10) Hospitality and tourism.

(11) Human services.

(12) Information technology.

(13) Law and public safety.

(14) Manufacturing technologies.

(15) Marketing.

(16) Transportation systems.

Career-technical planning districts with fewer than fifteen-hundred students enrolled in grades nine through twelve shall provide course offerings in ten different programs in at least eight of the career fields.

Workforce development programs that represent multiple career fields (e.g. workforce readiness, diversified cooperative training, vocational job training coordinating) shall only be counted toward the minimum program requirement, not as a career field.

(C) All workforce development programs shall be approved by the Ohio department of education. Applications for new programs will be subject to renewal at five-year intervals. Programs approved before July 1, 2009, shall be renewed according to a published schedule (education.ohio.gov) with a minimum of a two-year prior notice. Applications must be signed by the CTPD superintendent or by a person designated by the CTPD; the program of study portion of the application must also be signed by the appropriate postsecondary administrator. Applicants shall be held accountable for assuring that the state criteria referenced in this rule and the federal criteria for "Tech Prep" programs (education.ohio.gov) are addressed. Failure to comply with paragraphs (C) to (H) of this rule could result in non-renewal of an application.

(D) Technical and academic course offerings in state-approved programs/pathways shall do the following:

(1) Address the state board of education approved career field technical content standards (education.ohio.gov), including at a minimum, all competencies identified by business and industry as essential; and/or accrediting association and/or licensing agency standards where applicable.

(2) Reinforce Ohio's state board of education approved academic content standards (education.ohio.gov) in mathematics, English language arts, science, and social studies.

(3) Provide multiple measures to assess student attainment of academic and technical content standards (education.ohio.gov), including, but not limited to state board of education approved technical assessments, assessments for state recognized national credentialing/certifications where applicable and accrediting association and/or licensing agency examinations where applicable.

(4) Meet all state and federal requirements with regard to access, non-discrimination and meeting of performance expectations for special populations, including preparation for careers in industry sectors requiring technical expertise.

(5) Technical and academic course offerings must be designed in an Ohio state department of education approved sequence of courses/program of study that meets state approved graduation requirements (education.ohio.gov), creates an educational pathway for at least grades nine through twelve, and identifies postsecondary and employment options.

(E) Courses of study must be current according to a locally approved cycle and based on career field technical content standards (education.ohio.gov); accrediting association and/or licensing agency standards where applicable; and Ohio's academic content standards (education.ohio.gov).

(F) Workforce development advisory committees reflecting career fields and authorized by local boards of education shall engage business/industry and postsecondary representatives and utilize input from professional associations, labor, government, and the community. Advisory committees shall identify new and emerging careers; advise current programs on curriculum, assessment, work-based learning, facilities and equipment; and engage educators to improve and expand programs.

(G) Facilities and equipment shall support instruction of the technical and academic content standards (education.ohio.gov) and reflect current and emerging technology in the career field.

(H) All districts receiving state weighted funds shall annually report performance data that includes student academic attainment in mathematics and English language arts, technical skill attainment, placement, graduation rates, postsecondary credit, and, if available, industry certificate or license. Data shall be reviewed as part of the program renewal processes.

Replaces: part of 3301-61-03; 3301-61-04

Effective: 05/23/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2009 and 05/23/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07 , 3313.90
Rule Amplifies: 3313.90
Prior Effective Dates: 1-30-75, 4-1-89 (3301-61-04); 5-28-04 (3301-61-03)