Oregon Statutes - Chapter 329 - Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century; Educational Improvement and Reform - Section 329.855 - Education and training programs for endorsements and degrees; career related studies.

(1) The Department of Education, the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and the Oregon University System in consultation with the Education and Workforce Policy Advisor shall develop comprehensive education and training programs in accordance with ORS 329.475 for two-year to six-year academic professional technical endorsements, associate degrees and baccalaureate degrees.

(2) There may be established a process for industrial certification and a sequence of advanced certification that could be obtained throughout a personís career.

(3) Work groups, including teachers, community members and representatives of business and labor, may be appointed to offer specialized information concerning knowledge and skill requirements for occupations.

(4) No fewer than six broad career categories shall be identified, with additional categories added in future years. The education and training curriculum and achievement standards for each occupation and trade selected for students to achieve endorsements, associate degrees or baccalaureate degrees in the occupational categories selected shall be developed and available for school districts, community colleges and other training sites.

(5) In addition to academic content, the curriculum developed for endorsements, associate degrees and baccalaureate degrees shall ensure that every student has the option of a high quality career related course of study that provides the student with experience in and understanding of future career choices. Career related studies shall include a structured series of real or simulated activities that in combination with rigorous academic studies shall simultaneously prepare students for further education, lifelong learning and employment. These activities shall include but not be limited to:

(a) Job shadowing;

(b) Workplace mentoring;

(c) Workplace simulations;

(d) School based enterprises;

(e) Structured work experiences;

(f) Cooperative work and study programs;

(g) On-the-job training;

(h) Apprenticeship programs; or

(i) Other school-to-work opportunities.

(6) In considering where a student can most effectively and economically obtain the knowledge and skills required for the endorsement or post-secondary study, the Education and Workforce Policy Advisor may recommend integrating two-plus-two programs, apprenticeship programs and any other state or federal job training program.

(7) Until full statewide implementation, school districts are encouraged to use Certificate of Advanced Mastery programs that are currently being developed, but modified, if necessary, to best fit their studentsí and communityís needs.

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