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The following analysis sets forth the specific recommendations contained in the final report of the Workforce Preparation and Business Linkages Working Group, organized by the categories contained in the report. The staff comments and questions that follow each section are intended to illuminate those recommendations, the deliberations that led to those recommendations, and/or important information that should be considered in evaluating those recommendations: 

Goals of the Working Group

The Workforce Preparation and Business Linkages Working Group organized its deliberations and developed recommendations around three main themes derived from the August 2000 framework adopted by the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education: Integration of Academic and Career Technical Education, Alignment, and Accountability. The charge to California education contained in the Framework to Develop a Master Plan for Education included the following:

California's education system must respond to the challenges of meeting the state's growing need for housing, infrastructure, transportation, other services by increasing its emphasis on career and technical education.

All students must be afforded the opportunity to participate in a cohesive and well-articulated system of career, technical, and academic preparation that prepares them to excel in roles as family members, community members and leaders, and productive workers. Career and technical education programs must have the necessary resources to provide pupils with essential skills for today's dynamic and competitive workplace. These programs must contain sufficient academic rigor to enable students to successfully modify their educational program in pursuit of more academically-oriented objectives.

For the K-12 system, it states:

For the colleges and universities, it states: For the business sector, it states: The Workforce Preparation and Business Linkages Working Group proposes 14 major recommendations for California's educational system, grouped according to the three themes adopted by the Group and two additional special topical areas. The group decided to add the two topical areas because of the frequency with which they entered into the deliberations around the three major themes. The first five recommendations pertain to the integration of academic and career technical education. Three recommendations address alignment. Three recommendations focus on accountability. Two recommendations are offered in the area of resource requirements of career technical education programs. Finally, one recommendation is offered pertaining to the oversight of private postsecondary and vocational education institutions.


Recommendation 1.1 
Integrate academics and career preparation throughout K-16. 

Recommendation 1.2
Extend School-to-Career (STC) concept across K-University. 

Recommendation 1.3 
Increase resources for career guidance and assistance to students.

Recommendation 1.4 
Expand recruitment for counselors and workforce teachers. 

Recommendation 1.5 
Improve Professional Development for Counselors and Teachers.

Staff Comments/Questions


Recommendation 2.1 
The state should establish the following roles and responsibilities for a statewide system of career/workforce preparation programs in education:

Recommendation 2.2 
The alignment of career technical programs should be broad in scope.

Recommendation 2.3 
The structure of a career/workforce preparation system should reflect a tightly-coupled network model, characterized by relatively autonomous nodes of education/training providers, intermediary industry, trade, and professional organizations; strategic connections to the labor force; and a high level of communication among network members.

Staff Comments/Questions


Recommendation 3.1 
The state should expand the current workforce report card to include K-University programs.

Recommendation 3.2 
The state should expand student data collection system and link to postsecondary institutions and the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Recommendation 3.3 
The state should focus some portion of postsecondary funding on program/certificate/degree completion, time to completion, and education/labor market outcomes rather than only enrollment.

Staff Comments/Questions


Recommendation 4.1 
Any proposed funding model must recognize in its formula for adequacy:

Recommendation 4.2 
Consideration should be given to granting the educational segments flexibility in their internal allocation of funds to address the higher costs associated with career, technical and scientific instruction and contextualized learning more broadly. Specifically: Staff Comments/Questions PRIVATE POSTSECONDARY

Recommendation 5.1 
The Joint Committee should conduct a review to determine the most efficacious and effective placement of governance for the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE).

Staff Comments/Questions