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further promote the value of POS: Many felt POS were still not well known in their states and that POS could benefit from a promotional campaign to inform the public, high school counselors, par-ents and students about their goals and benefits. Each state had POS exemplars that could be publicized so that students thinking about career plans and pathways would know about the many programs available to help them achieve their goals. Recognize the legal and logisti-cal restrictions for developing POS efforts and resolve them in realis-tic ways: Legal restrictions, especially for secondary students, prevented some from performing the workplace activities necessary for some POS. For example, there are laws in place that do not allow students under 18 to participate in certain forms of workplace training (e.g., x-ray technician), especially with regard to health and safety issues. POS need op-tions to address these restrictions, while still allowing POS to meet mandated success targets. Ensure sufficient information flow so that those “at the top” hear and react to the people “on the ground” delivering the instruction: Every state expressed concern about the tensions between the ideal of POS at the state level and the reality of trying to im-plement POS for people “on the ground.” People at the state level were aware of these tensions. They suggested that more time, resources and opportunities for interaction were needed to support those actually implementing and teaching POS in school districts and community col-leges. Also needed is a system structured to provide continuous feedback between the state and those implementing POS. adoption and implementation. Despite several challenges, POS are expanding in scope and numbers and becoming a more stable component of CTE for delivering articulated, documented, collaborative programs that successfully connect sec-ondary, postsecondary, and business and industry. Technical assistance in ongoing POS development efforts is frequently provided by people with Tech Prep experience. These personnel assist with all levels of course development and champion cross-institutional collaboration and instructional integrity. Time will tell how effective this technical assistance will be in creating a sustainable, effective system for delivering CTE that is integrally connected to academic instruction and produces educated and skilled employees for tomorrow’s workforce. Acknowledgments The work reported herein was supported under the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (PR/Award No. VO51A070003) as administered by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education or the U.S. Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government. Rob Shumer, Ph.D., is a research associate in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He can be contacted at rshumer@umn.edu. Cynthia Digby, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. She can be contacted at digb0001@umn.edu. LIMITED TIME OFFER: FREE EXAM VOUCHERS Between now and February 29, 2012, Certiport is offering free learning material and an exam voucher for the globally recognized certification Autodesk ® Certified User An entry-level certification in 2D and 3D design software for students in the U.S. Heighten your skills and reputation. Get certified. It’s never been easier. Visit us at ACTE Booth No. 431 or WWW.CERTIPORT.COM/RISE RISE TO THE CHALLENGE Scan this QR code with your smartphone to see how others are using certification to enhance their curricula and careers. Conclusions Our study of POS implementation in six states revealed that this CTE initiative is alive and well. Every state had already developed good models of POS and had already approved and authorized their www.acteonline.org THE TIME IS NOW… RISE ABOVE. GET CERTIFIED. Offer available to U.S. residents only. ©2011 Certiport, Inc. Certiport, Certiport logo Reg. T.M., Certiport Inc. All trademarks are the property of their respective holders. Januar y 2012 Techniques 39

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