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The Development of PA Programs of Study (POS)

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 required the development and implementation of career and technical programs of study (POS). Programs of Study incorporate elements of secondary and postsecondary education and include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses that align secondary education with postsecondary education to adequately prepare students to succeed in postsecondary education. This includes the opportunity for secondary education students to earn postsecondary education credits through articulation agreements with participating postsecondary institutions, which could lead to an industry recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level or an associate or baccalaureate degree. POS Template and Components and Definitions of POS

The development of statewide POS satisfies the requirements of the 2006-2013 Perkins IV Act related to the Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Codes that align to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry High Priority Occupations list. Currently, 42 POS have been developed by the Bureau of Career and Technical Education (BCTE) and are available for access below. Each local recipient of funds under the Perkins IV Act will be required to offer the relevant courses of all POS.

For each POS, a committee was established which included statewide representation from business and industry, instructors and administrators from secondary and postsecondary education, and other interested parties. A blended competency list was developed from submissions of competency lists from career and technical education programs across the state. Then national competencies were included from sources such as Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (VTECS), Multistate Academic Vocational Curriculum Consortium (MAVCC) and Occupational Information Network(O*NET). The POS committee validated and aligned these materials to an end of program assessment.

The POS were aligned to high priority occupations, as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. As POS were being developed, it became necessary to organize them into groups, called phases. Five phases were defined, each containing a specific number of POS. The initial organizational framework of each POS task list was labeled as version A, and encompassed a three year graduation period for secondary school students. Version B will continue to represent a three year graduation period for secondary school students.

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​Phase I

Version C: Graduation Years 2016, 2017, 2018
Version D: Graduation Years 2019, 2020, 2021

​Phase II

Version C: Graduation Years 2016, 2017, 2018
Version D: Graduation Years 2019, 2020, 2021

​Phase III

Version C: Graduation Years 2017, 2018, 2019
Version D: Graduation Years 2020, 2021, 2022

​Phase IV

Version B: Graduation Years: 2015, 2016, 2017
Version C: Graduation Years: 2018, 2019, 2020
Version D: Graduation Years: 2021, 2022, 2023

​Phase V

Version B: Graduation Years 2016, 2017, 2018
Version C: Graduation Years 2019, 2020, 2021
Version D: Graduation Years 2022, 2023, 2024

​Phase VI

Version A: Graduation Years 2019, 2020, 2021
Version B: Graduation Years 2022, 2023, 2024
Version C: Graduation Years 2025, 2026, 2027

​Phase I

Phase II

CIP 10.0399: Graphic Communications, Other
CIP 51.999: Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences, Other
CIP 47.0201: Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician
CIP 48.0501: Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
CIP 51.0801: Medical/Clinical Assistant
CIP 52.1801: Sales, Distribution & Marketing Operations, General

Phase III

CIP 26.1201: Biotechnology
CIP 46.0401: Building/Property Maintenance & Manager
CIP 48.0703: Cabinetmaking & Millwork
CIP 15.1202: Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
CIP 46.999: Construction Trades, Other
CIP 15.0403: Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology
CIP 43.999: Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting & Related Protective Services, Other
CIP 12.0508: Institutional Food Worker
CIP 52.0203: Logistics, Materials & Supply Chain Management
CIP 46.0101: Mason/Masonry
CIP 47.0613: Medium/Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technology/Technician
CIP 46.0503: Plumbing Technology/Plumber
CIP 47.0699: Vehicle Maintenance Technology, Other

Phase IV

CIP 10.9999: Communication Technology/Technicians & Support Services
CIP 15.9999: Engineering Technologies/Technicians
CIP 51.1201: Management Information Systems

Phase V

CIP 01.0601: Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Operations, General
CIP 12.0501: Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
CIP 43.0107: Criminal Justice/Police Science
CIP 11.0801: Web Page, Digital Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Phase VI

CIP 51.0808: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant