Policy – x
Adopted – 3/5/1998
The Governing Board affirms the importance of providing all students with quality vocational education experiences that teach life skills, demonstrate the value of work, and provide training that leads to entry-level employment. The Board views vocational education and academic education as comple-mentary educational programs. Vocational courses should give students abundant opportunities to obtain or reinforce basic academic skills. Teachers should emphasize as often as possible the prac-tical applications of academics to the working world. (EC 52910)
The Board recognizes that vocational education is best presented in a well-articulated sequence of courses, with instruction first given in broad clusters of skills basic to similar occupations. A comprehensive vocational education includes research into various employment options, vocational counseling, establishment of career goals, and the development of job skills, good work attitudes and job hunting strategies.
Because the equipment used in business and industry changes rapidly, as do the skills needed to operate it, the Board especially desires that the district’s voca-tional education program be updated regularly to reflect current vocational practices, changes in technology and labor market conditions.
Equal access shall be provided to handicapped and disadvantaged individuals in recruitment, enrollment, and placement activities of the vocational education program.
Every three years, the Board shall compare the district’s existing vocational curriculum, course content and course sequence with model state curriculum standards. (Education Code 51226, 52376)
The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures for the systematic review of district vocational education classes to determine the degree to which each class may offer an alternative means for completing and receiving credit for specific portions of the course of study prescribed by the district for high school graduation. The Superintendent or designee shall present the Board with evidence that enables the Board to ensure that these classes are equivalent in content and rigor to the courses prescribed for graduation. (Education Code 52376)
The (Board/Superintendent) shall appoint a vocational education advisory committee as required by law to develop recommendations on the vocational education program and provide liaison between the district and potential em-ployers. (Education Code 8070)
The Board expects that this advisory committee will provide staff with useful information about new technologies and the changing needs of community businesses.
Participation in ROC/ROP
At a public hearing or regular Board meeting, the Board shall annually review and assess the participation of 11th and 12th grade students in regional occupational centers and programs. Unless it is determined that no additional students would benefit from such participation, the Board shall prepare an annual plan to increase participation by these students. The plan shall be adopted at a public hearing or regular Board meeting. (Education Code 52304.1)
EC 8070, 48430, 51225.3, 51226, 51228, Adopted: March 5, 1998
EC 52300-335.8, 52304.1, 52350-355, 52370-376, 52450-462, 52910-911, 52980-982, 54728, 54761; CARL D. PERKINS VOC & APPLIED TECH ED ACT Public Law 98-524, 204; FED REGISTER Vol. 45, No. 92 5/9/90, p. 30929, Vol. 50, No. 159, 8/1/85, p. 3308; CDE LEGAL ADV 0125.09; CDE PROGRAM ADV 1107.89.
CSBA Date – 6/91