Career Pathways and Tech Express Terms

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Accelerated Credit College credit earned by students while in high school or technical college. Some examples of ways to earn accelerated credit are: Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate Education (AICE), Career Pathways credit by assessment or industry certification, International Baccalaureate (IB), high school dual enrollment or completion of technical certificates.
Articulation Agreement, Local Links a secondary CTE program or completion of a postsecondary technical certificate to a corresponding college career program. A local agreement between a state college and a school district determines how secondary students can earn college credit in a secondary CTE program. A local agreement between a state college and technical college determines how a student can earn college credit in a postsecondary technical program.
Articulation Agreement, Statewide Secondary to postsecondary statewide articulation agreements are based on industry certifications. Any Florida student or community member with an industry certification on the “Gold Standard Career Pathways Articulation Agreements of Industry Certifications” list is guaranteed college credit at Florida state colleges offering the specified articulated programs.
Career And Technical Education (CTE) Program A sequence of CTE courses either at the secondary or post-secondary level and described in the Florida Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks. CTE programs are organized into Career Clusters. The same secondary CTE program can exist at several high schools in one school district. Completion of postsecondary technical programs leads to Certificates and A.S. degrees.
Career Clusters Organized groups of closely related careers which have been identified by industry and education leaders and other stakeholders. Career Clusters identify a common core of knowledge and skills, both academic and technical, for a broad set of careers allowing all learners to pursue a wide range of career opportunities from entry level through management and professional levels. Career Pathways has 17 Career Clusters, which focus on introducing career and technical skills and knowledge in middle school, high school, district technical college, and Florida College System students throughout the state.
Career Pathways/tech Express Assessment A college-level assessment whereby students in an articulated secondary CTE or postsecondary technical college program may qualify for college credit. Depending on the program, the assessment may be a written exam, inventory list, skills assessment, multiple choice exam, portfolio, or project. Some assessments may also require the student to pass an industry certification. Career Pathways assessments are administered by school district teachers. Review by college faculty may be required for portfolios and projects. Tech Express assessments are administered by technical instructors. Students must submit completed assessments to the Valencia faculty program chair for review and approval.
Course Final Exams (CFE) Or End Of Course (EOC) Exams Standards-based assessment of students’ achievement of knowledge and skills at the end of a high school course. EOCs and CFEs are administered by the school district.
Curriculum Frameworks The Florida CTE Curriculum Frameworks outline educational programs that prepare individuals for occupations important to Florida’s economic development. Each program is aligned to a career cluster and is detailed in the curriculum frameworks. With partners from education, business and industry, and trade associations, the curriculum frameworks include program standards that are both academically integrated and responsive to business and industry.
Industry Certification A voluntary process through which students are assessed by an independent, third-party certifying entity using predetermined standards for knowledge, skills, and competencies, resulting in the award of a credential that is nationally recognized and must be at least one of the following:
  1. Within an industry that addresses a critical local or statewide economic need;
  2. Linked to an occupation that is included in the workforce system’s targeted occupation list; or
  3. Linked to an occupation that is identified as emerging.

Students in high school CTE and technical college programs articulated with Valencia career programs may qualify for college credit by earning specific industry certifications.

Program Of Study (CTE) An articulated sequence of rigorous, secondary and postsecondary CTE and academic courses which addresses an area of local economic need. The sequence must lead to an industry-recognized credential or technical certification, or an associates or baccalaureate degree at an accredited postsecondary institution.
Program Of Study Template Each program of study contains links to college certificates, A.S. degrees, and career paths.  The template also indicates what CTE courses and technical programs can be taken to earn college credit.
Tech Express To Valencia A consortium partnership between Orange Technical College, Osceola Technical College and Valencia that makes it easy for students in technical programs to transition to Valencia College. Students completing approved technical programs earn credits toward a college degree. Tech Express to Valencia gives students on each technical college campus access to a Valencia Tech Express advisor.
Tech Express Advisor Tech Express advisors are strategically located on each campus to engage in outreach activities and communications that encourage tech program graduates to consider the credit opportunities in Valencia’s career and technical degree programs. Not only does accessibility to Tech Express advisors increase awareness of the articulated programs, but advisors also help students transition to Valencia by assisting with applications and documentation for award of credit.