In 2012, under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Bureau of Career and Technical Education (BCTE), the Meeder Consulting Group (MCG) set out to identify and document key factors that contribute to a positive working relationship among career and technology center (CTC) directors, Joint Operating Committees (JOC), and sending school superintendents.
To gather input, a series of interviews and focus groups were conducted with CTC directors, superintendents, and JOC members who volunteered to share their insights and experiences. MCG also reviewed resources and met with leaders and staff from BCTE, the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators (PACTA), the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA). Much of the input has been combined and condensed, and therefore not attributed to specific individuals. However, in cases where information was specific to a CTC or individual, their names were cited to lend credibility.
The following guidebook, Leadership Connections: Effective Relationships (PDF), is the result of those efforts. The purpose of this guidebook is to share ideas and practical examples of "promising practices" that CTC leadership stakeholders can implement to improve their working relationships. In summary, these practices include:
- Open, transparent, ongoing communication
- Sharing resources (financial, programmatic, etc.)
- Collaborative approaches to challenges
- Flexibility and coordination
Common understanding of purpose of, and goals for, the CTC.
Creating Aligned Calendars
The following guidebook,
Creating Aligned Calendars: A Guide for Career and Technical Centers and Sending Districts (PDF), provides CTC directors and district superintendents with information and specific examples about how CTCs and their sending districts throughout Pennsylvania are working towards calendar alignment. The guide describes three different approaches to developing aligned calendars and identifies key factors to be considered during the alignment process. Although the primary audience is CTC directors, calendar alignment requires a coordinated effort among primary stakeholders from both the CTC and the sending district. With that collaborative approach in mind, this guide is intended to be a useful resource for both CTC directors and their sending district superintendent colleagues.
Student Access to Secondary CTE
Student Access to Career and Technical Education (PDF)
This document provides guidance on the applicable statutes that address student access to career and technical education.
Appeal Process Policies
Students' Transition to Postsecondary
To help students make a successful
transition, teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators at many of
Pennsylvania's career and technical centers (CTC) are providing explicit and
innovative supports that increase students' college and career awareness, help
them navigate through the college application and admission process, and help
them enter the workforce.
Supporting CTE Students Transition to College and Career (PDF)
The report provides promising examples of the
following types of supports.
for College and Career: Events and Opportunities
Students to Earn College Credits at the Career and Technical Center
Specialized Support from Guidance and Career Counselors
Students with Special Needs
Act 117 - Area Career and Technical Education Schools Report
The Act 117 (Area Career and Technical Education Schools) Report is prepared annually by the Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education to inform the Standing Committee on Education of the Senate and House of Representatives on matters related to area career and technical education schools as required by Act 117 of 1986 and Section 1803.1 of the Pennsylvania School Code. Use the links on the left to access reports for the last 2 years.
Pennsylvania Agriculture Education
Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949 §15-1549
requires an annual report be prepared for the governor and general assembly on
the status of agricultural education in the Commonwealth. This report provides
various data on Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved secondary
agriculture education programs offered in Pennsylvania schools.