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October 21, 2002
SDE Career, Technical and Adult Services Division
To Hold Career Pathways Institute in Albuquerque
(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Department of Education's (SDE)
Career, Technical and Adult Services Division and the New Mexico
Department of Labor will hold the second annual Career Pathways
Institute, "Pathways to a New Economy," on October 21-23,
2002, at the Sheraton Old Town, located at 800 Rio Grande, in Albuquerque.
"Under our shared vision, students would be provided with
rigorous core subjects and focused electives, called 'career pathways,'
and career counseling so they may secure both a high school diploma
and an industry credential. And they would be offered a solid academic
core based on and aligned to the state's academic standards,"
said Lena Trujillo-Chavez, the SDE's assistant superintendent for
career, technical and adult services.
"We are pleased to have gathered a number of individuals who
are in different stages of implementation or are interested in learning
how to develop a plan for implementing career pathways in their
schools," she said. "Panelists from small learning communities
and volunteer facilitators from various occupations will make this
a successful and worthwhile Institute."
Sandy Mittelsteadt, executive director of the National Career Academy
Coalition, will facilitate the Institute, assisting participants
with the development of "career pathways" action plans.
She is known nationally for her expertise in all aspects of career
academy development, including brain-based learning, integrated
curriculum, project-based learning, assessment (rubric and portfolio)
content reading and technical writing.
An in-depth description of work in progress and a wealth of new
information on the career clusters initiative, supported through
the National Association of State Directors for Career and Technical
Education Consortium, may be accessed at the following website:
The New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE), in its white paper
21st Century Diverse Pathways to the High School Diploma, is actively
promoting program quality in career and technical education. Through
its 2003 legislative proposals, the SBE is calling for more flexibility
at the local level in the area of graduation requirements to allow
for four-year "career pathways" to be developed.
For more information, contact Georgetta Cummings, the SDE's state
supervisor for health occupations, at (505) 476-0265.