Career Clusters for Teachers

A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries that serves as an organizing tool for schools, programs, small learning communities, academies and magnet schools. Think of an orchard with many different types of products!

If you search the Web, you'll find different numbers of clusters, with information which is often too difficult for our students to process. Nevertheless, once you and the student realize, through weeks of sweat and tears, what an occupational interest might be, you have a starting point.

You have clusters and sites that discuss them with lots of resources to choose from. Below are some starting points. (BTW, I don't think you'll find one occupation that doesn't rely on workers who know some degree of technology! That's always a place to begin with contextual education: what technology does this cluster require?) -This web site is the result of a collaboration between the U.S Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to provide information on high growth, high demand occupations, along with the skills and education needed to attain those jobs. - This CORD (Center for Occupational Research and Development) site is worth spending half a day or more exploring. I am very familiar with the CORD Principles of Technology series, written at about the 6th-grade reading level and a joy to teach. CORD has become committed to contextualized and project-based learning. Their site describes those approaches in detail. Their page for Manufacturing, Construction, and Transportation Service Career Clusters is linked above. But don't stop there. - Workbooks for students in each cluster.
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 Click on "The Guide to Selecting Career Clusters and Career Majors in Kentucky " and open a PDF document of 88 pages filled with information. It is designed for you, not for your students. It describes course and programs related to each cluster. - Check out the videos with a click

Send in Your Proposals, Techies and Techies in Process

MPAEA and CAEPA invite you to share your expertise at the Mile High Rendezvous 2006, to be held  April 26-29, at the Adams Mark Hotel in Denver. The conference is designed to promote professional growth, foster personal and program development, and contribute to program improvement. Presentation proposals are due November 1st.

CLICK HERE to open the documentation for sending in a proposal, which Bill Furney published earlier on CLICK.

The Four Corners Virtual Resource Center wants to encourage you to submit a technology presentation. Some of you have participated in workshops I have offered in different parts of the state. What have you applied from those sessions? How have your students applied technology? What have you developed to help students learn through or for technology applications? Send us your ideas. If you prefer, submit a proposal to present a section with others on best practices for using technology with adult learners.

The deadline is close, so get your thoughts on paper and send them in. If you want help putting something together, I'm glad to help and only a call or email away: or 970-562-4418

The e-Colorado Portal is in the process of developing enormous resources for Colorado adult educators. Start getting familiar with what the site offers as you wait for training on how to use and contribute to different resources. Go to and enjoy the professional environment designed for you!

If you have resources that could be helpful for adult learners, please send them to me. I'll make sure they are made available through out adult learner section on the e-Colorado Portal. Let's start making those resources available!

Free Technology Training for Colorado Adult Educators

I am glad to announce that CDE.CARE/Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) has extended the technology-training opportunities for AEFL programs. Please send me an email with three possible dates (1 or two days) for staff training on using technology in adult education. I will be sending out more information on choices for training. You can opt for graduate credit ( 1 or 2 hours) offered through Adams State for one or two days of instruction. Programs that have had training and wish for additional sessions can also apply. It's free to you and fun for me!

STAY TUNED for the next issue. I will be providing you with occupational resources written for students - my next assignment!