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Perkins-Funded Leadership Projects for 2012-2013

The Coordinating Board awarded 9 Perkins-funded Leadership Grants for Program Year 2012-2013. The projects were seen to be relevant to the State as a whole and capable of impacting/being replicated around the State upon completion. The Perkins Leadership Grants are:
 
 Institution Leadership Project Project Amount
Amarillo CollegeUnlimited Potential: Increasing Opportunities for Non-traditional Gender $45,000

Dallas County Community College District

State of Texas Academic Resource Link (Starlink)

$109,100

Del Mar College

Skill Standards-Based Curriculum Development and   Assessments$77,000 

El Paso Community College District

TEXASgenuine CTE Strategic Plan$399,945

Midland College

Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) Leadership Project$224,635
Navarro College CTE eCourse for High School Guidance Counselors and Community College Personnel$82,337

San Jacinto College

Integration of Programs of Study across Career and Technical Education and Academics  $97,846

TSTC-Harlingen

Competency Based Project:  Rapid Deployment Instruction Project$391,317 

Texas State Technical College-Waco

Detailed Occupational Skill & Learning Outcome Alignment$148,521

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amarillo College 

"Unlimited Potential: Increasing Opportunities for Non-traditional Gender"

Project Description: The project will focus on improving performance, across the state, on participation and retention of non-traditional gender students (Perkins core indicators 5P1 and 5P2) through partnerships among community colleges at different levels of core indicator attainment and their respective local independent school districts. The efforts of these partnerships will raise student awareness, at secondary and post-secondary levels, of opportunities for non-traditional students in career and technical education.

Using the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) 5-Step Process, community and technical colleges (CTCs) will develop initiatives to retain the non-traditional student in courses that will lead to employment in high-wage, high-demand occupations. Through the distribution of best practices and professional development activities, the project will assist Perkins Directors and Special Populations Coordinators in the implementation of strategies appropriate for their own institutions. In addition, Leadership Institutions, which served as pilot sites in the 2010-2012 STEM Equity Pipeline projects, will mentor four new community and technical colleges.

Project goals are:

1. Increase the number of Texas CTCs that have a written plan for meeting state standards for Perkins Core Indicators 5P1 and 5P2.

2. Provide ongoing professional development and support for CTC faculty and staff.

3. Enhance activities in collaboration with the Governor's Commission for Women to provide support for women entering the workforce, especially in STEM, manufacturing, energy, and IT careers.

Award Amount: $45,000

Project Director: Susie Wheeler, lswheeler@actx.edu 

Dallas County Community College District 

"State of Texas Academic Resource Link (Starlink)"

 
Project Description: Established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in 1989, Starlink (http://www.starlinktraining.org/) is the nation's oldest, video-based, higher education professional development network. Starlink provides higher education institutions throughout North America with a multi-purpose network that provides cutting edge training via the latest technologies. The network will use its production expertise and extensive delivery system/network to increase faculty access to professional development, information, and strategies from top state and national educational leaders.

This proposal provides a quality platform for Community and Technical Colleges to ensure: (1) compliance with Perkins federally mandated professional development activities by providing access via DVDs and the web in an "on-demand" format, (2) reduction in the need for face-to-face professional development that entail travel cost, (3) availability to faculty of the latest research-based training and information from renown educators, (4) reinforcement of the use of technology as a vehicle for CTE program improvement, (5) additional assistance to CTE faculty and staff to correctly meet federal and state grant requirements and reports. Providing a better educated Texas workforce is the overall outcome of the project.

The FY 2013 project would be funded to provide:

1. Operation and maintenance of a telecommunications network, which includes all the community and technical colleges in Texas. This includes communicating through electronic, face-to-face, print and telephone with members to service their needs, maintaining an internet website, operating and maintaining electronic equipment.

2. Creation and delivery of five webinars dealing with various aspects of the core curriculum. Each webinar will be delivered live twice to maximize participation.

3. Creation and delivery of a video seminar on student advising.

4. Creation and delivery of forty new single-concept teaching tip video modules.

Award Amount: $109,100

Project Director: Henry Hartman, hhartman@dcccd.edu      

Del Mar College

"Skill Standards-Based Curriculum Development and Assessments"

Project Description: The Skill Standards-Based Curriculum Development Project (SSBCD) provides assistance in developing skills standards-based curriculum to Texas community and technical colleges. Skill standards are defined by subject matter experts and provide the specific knowledge requirements for workforce education programs. These requirements can serve as the indicator for performance during assessment and evaluation. The project will provide funding to colleges on a competitive basis according to merit and the statewide need to support the Governor's Industry Cluster Initiative. Payment to a participating institution is predicated upon the timely completion and submission of specific deliverables to the Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) program administrator and TSSB technical staff for review. Project deliverables are to be completed in three phases and payments to institutions will be made upon certification and documentation of completion by the TSSB program administrator.

Funding to the project for 2012-2013 will support the following activities:

1. TSSB staff will evaluate and certify to the project director the completion of deliverables by applicants, e.g. skills matrix, syllabi, course outline, sample course materials, etc.

2. Participating institutions will submit to the SSBCD project director deliverable documentation for quarterly reporting, e.g. advisory board minutes, DACUM meeting minutes, etc.

3. Project Recognition will be made to those institutions successfully completing all their stated deliverables required by their proposal application.

4. SSBCD staff will assess the total number of TSSB recognized programs in Texas and how colleges utilize the program approval in meeting performance measures.

Award Amount: $77,000

Project Director: Dr. Larry D. Lee, llee@delmar.edu        

El Paso Community College District 

"TEXASgenuine CTE Strategic Plan"

Project Description: The project aims to improve student achievement through a statewide marketing effort promoting career and technical education. The 2012-2013 phase will further refine and establish TEXASgenuine as a viable, successful learning choice for stakeholders across the state. Primary focus will be on strengthening brand identification, educational partnerships with both secondary and post-secondary institutions, and student career and technical education exploration opportunities.

Statewide dissemination and implementation will include a marketing consortium for community colleges, expansion to social/digital media, enhancement and maintenance of the TEXASgenuine website, dissemination of marketing resources/tools to partners, statewide conference presentations at events, and regional workshops and trainings.

The following deliverables are proposed:

1. Review and analysis of the TEXASgenuine project statewide effect on students, faculty, staff, workforce, and the community will be conducted via surveys and focus groups to determine the impact of this four-year state funded project on retention, completion, and awareness of career and technical education opportunities.

2. At least one statewide training and instruction session will be held. The training will focus on TEXASgenuine CTE implementation at the college and secondary level through website usage, resource application, and presentation strategies. This will provide an opportunity for collegiate faculty, counselors, and staff to receive exposure to and education about the project mission, application, and resources.

3. The project will expand the digital campaign started in FY 2010-11, promoting visits to the TEXASgenuine website, and the tools and resources available.

4. To foster discussion of continuance and sustainability of this effort, development of a statewide consortium of all state community and technical colleges will be pursued. Topics for discussion include pooling of resources for the development of additional program videos and identification of other tools and resources for use on a statewide level throughout FY 2012-13.

5. Project staff and advisory committee members will provide at least three statewide presentations, trainings, and/or webinars to widely disseminate information to colleges and ISD's across the State. Approximately four regional workshops will be provided.

6. Subcontracted funds will be made available competitively to secondary educational service center organizations for communication and dissemination efforts relating to TEXASgenuine career and technical education throughout their respective regions.

7. Student career and technical education exploration opportunities/software will be researched for the addition of this resource to the TEXASgenuine website, providing students with the tools to conduct career research and develop their educational plan.

All state community and technical colleges are partners in the TEXASgenuine campaign.

Award Amount: $399,945

Project Director: Elizabeth Steele, elizabeths@epcc.edu

Midland College 

"Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) Leadership Project"

Project Description: The WECM is an active database of all workforce education courses approved for use by Texas community and technical colleges. The Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) Project will continue maintenance of the web-based compendium of courses approved for offering by Texas community and technical colleges. Additionally, the project will provide the training associated with WECM structure and use.

Project funding will support the following efforts:

1. Provide three to five course review workshops organized according to AchieveTexas Career Clusters and State Programs of Study; support WECM database revisions; respond to online questions and comments via "WECM Comments."

2. Support State curriculum projects resulting in new career and technical education courses and initiatives for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand occupations.

3. Collaborate with Starlink to produce two webinar training sessions for CE/CTE administrators/educators. October webinar will focus on writing Special Topics/Local Needs courses; February/March webinar will focus on the WECM Workshop Process.

4. Inform Texas Education Agency of potential need for revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS); provide professional development on the use of the WECM; and administer other WECM activities as deemed appropriate by the THECB and the WECM Leadership Committee for the 2012-2013 program year. This project also includes supporting the operation of the WECM Leadership Committee during the 2012-2013 program year.

5. Review of as many as 3,000 SCH/CEU courses in the following Career Clusters: Cluster 5 - Education and Training, Cluster 7 - Government and Public Administration, Cluster 9 - Hospitality and Tourism, and Cluster 12 - Public Safety, Corrections, and Security.

6. Provide a WECM course database that is accessible and useful to colleges statewide and that is fully updated by August 15, 2013.

7. Deliver five or more presentations to 130-150 professionals in CTE/CE.

8. Provide ongoing access to accurate and current information regarding WECM.

Award Amount: $224,635

Project Director: Dawn Finley, dfinley@midland.edu

Navarro College

"CTE eCourse for High School Guidance Counselors and Community College Personnel"

Project Description: The project proposes to develop a modular course designed to provide an inexpensive and convenient access for professional development. Individuals will be exposed to techniques in career guidance, academic counseling and program information on Career and Technical Education pathways that lead to high-skill, high-wage or high-demand occupations. After taking these courses the counselors will be better able to prepare high school students, their parents, college students, returning veterans, special populations, and nontraditional students. This project will collect, analyze and compile information into modules for dissemination through an online repository. Prior to statewide roll out, the course will be tested at Navarro College, Angelina College, and their corresponding local service area high schools. Two webinar presentations will be made targeting both high school and college personnel. Navarro College has developed contacts with other institutions, including Angelina College, Dallas County Community College District, Lee College, Howard College, and Wharton College, and intends to solicit their feedback during module development.

Project funding will support the following activities:

1. Development of curriculum for a modular-based CTE Professional Development course for high school and college guidance counselors.

2. Implementation of a pilot course at Navarro College and Angelina College service area.

3. Dissemination of the course statewide via The Texas Network and possibly via the TEA CTE website for professional development.

3. Presentation at two conferences, one targeting high school personnel, the other targeting college personnel.

4. Two presentations via webinar hosted by The Texas Network and advertised to high school and college personnel.

Award Amount: $82,337

Project Director: Judy Cutting, judy.cutting@navarrocollege.edu  

San Jacinto College

"Integration of Programs of Study across Career and Technical Education and Academics   "

Project Description: In recent years numerous leadership projects addressing the alignment of career and technical education programs have been approved and funded by the Coordinating Board. During 2010-2011 Dallas County Community College District worked with the Texas Education Agency and Texas Tech University to align AchieveTexas' Programs of Study with the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) recently adopted by the State Board of Education. The vertical alignment of course content between secondary and postsecondary is important to student success and is also a requirement of HB 3485. Tarrant County College District led a statewide consortium of colleges that worked to develop an Energy Career Pathway model. San Jacinto Community College proposes to build on the foundational work of the previous projects and to develop a strategic plan to align and sustain the previous work completed as part of the AchieveTexas project, the energy program of study, and other curriculum alignment projects associated with programs of studies in a new project called Programs of Study: Strategic Alignment.

Project deliverables include:

1. Identify the issues related to developing a strategic plan for developing and sustaining a program of study protocol.

2. Develop a draft Program of Study protocol manual.

Award Amount: $97,846

Project Director: Jeffrey Parks, jeffrey.parks@sjcd.edu   

TSTC-Harlingen

"Competency Based Project:  Rapid Deployment Instruction Project"

Project Description: To address the gap between traditional semester-based degree plans and short continuing education courses, Texas State Technical College System will design and deliver a framework for portable, industry-relevant education programs that focuses its milestones on skills attainment and assessed learning outcomes rather than course completion.

TSTC Harlingen and TSTC Waco campus faculty and curriculum staff will utilize the Detailed Work Activities Regional Analysis Model, developed in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, to design curriculum with industry partners.  This process identifies the detailed work activities that an employee would perform in a specific job, allowing for comparison of these activities with learning outcomes to be offered in the curriculum.  The analysis will also identify the level of academic preparedness necessary for success in the program.  Utilizing learning activities that closely model the employers' environments, TSTC faculty will teach skills based on a student's learning style and pace, rather than semester contact hour formulation, and well-defined rubrics will assess the skills attainment as a student progresses through the program.  Upon mastery of a skill, the student learning outcome is assessed and documented, and under the guidance of TSTC's faculty, the student will advance to acquire the next learning outcome, building upon their skill base.

In Fall 2013 TSTC will deploy the competency-based programs through TSTC Harlingen and TSTC Waco, which will deliver its part of the project at its new extension campus in Hutto. Each college will develop Level I Certificate Programs that address skilled worker shortages in Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Systems.

The results of this project will be made available for other colleges and institutions to model. A website will be implemented and updated as information or evaluation results become available. The website will provide a project summary along with project accomplishments in chronological order.  Other methods to disseminate the results of this project will be by conference presentations such as National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and a possible publication in technical and education journals.

Project deliverables include:

1. Development of the framework for a Competency Based Model program of study.

2. Development and compliance with current state "rule sets"/regulations.

Award Amount: $391,317

Project Director: Adam Hutchison, adam.hutchison@harlingen.tstc.edu ;

TSTC-Waco

"Detailed Occupational Skill & Learning Outcome Alignment "
Project Description: The primary goal of this project is to complete the development of a responsive, comprehensive, and accurate system for aligning the curricula of technical programs with current industry needs and to produce graduates whose skills are more closely matched to the needs of employers. The proposed project will build on the pilot project supported in 2011-2012, which translated learning outcomes into the Texas Workforce Commission Detailed Work Activities (DWA), collected occupational data from more than 2,000 employers, and conducted a gap analysis to compare existing learning outcomes with industry skills. Based on this process, curricula for five programs were redesigned to more closely align with job performance requirements for industry. In 2012-2013, the project will further validate the new alignment system, develop new automated tools to facilitate the curriculum matching process, and begin introducing the curriculum redesign tools at partnering colleges.

Project deliverables include:

1. Validate the model for semantic matching of learning outcomes with job competencies using DWAs as the unit of analysis for five additional occupational areas from TSTC Waco and a partner institution.

2. Develop a web-based interface between the SkillsNET DWA Institute's database and the WECM database by creating programming for an automated system for translation of DWA skills. This process was performed manually during the 2011-2012 project phase.

3. Develop a train-the-trainer module to train partner institution staff, and eventually other Texas two-year college staff, on the use of the automated web-based process for infusion of industry-identified skill sets into the course curricula.

4. Document and test the newly created web-based automated translation system in a final verification of the readiness of the process design for publication and dissemination to other Texas two-year colleges.

5. Final validation for the system will be made and reported during an all-day workshop at TSTC Waco in the August 2013. Documentation for automated system will be disseminated widely.

Follow on work will include the development of a system to monitor regional job demand at  competency level in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission.

Award Amount: $148,521

Project Director: Larry Grulick, larry.grulick@tstc.edu


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