Programs of Study for 2011-2012

IT Programs of Study Project 2011-2012

The Center of Excellence was invited by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), the State of Washington Workforce Board, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to perform the following activities in re-validating its four IT program of study templates by June 2012:

1) Reformat into national format (use national template) and update to reflect any new or emerging technical knowledge and skills as well as industry certifications aligned to each of the four IT career pathways: IT Specialist, Networking, Programming, and Web and Graphic Media. (Completed December 2011)
2) Re-validate from industry (use ICT review on 12/8 & 12/9) and use a survey process for all industry professionals complete by mid-January 2012. (Complete)
3) Discuss articulation agreements bring in all interested/vested parties (CTC, Tech Prep, CWU, EWU, OSPI, K-12, and OSPI math personnel) to focus on strengthening math skills, including statistics. The discussion with OSPI and the Workforce Board will occur in the latter part of April, early May 2012)
4) Market the updated templates and the degree/certificate directory through a new beta-website, as well as facilitate training/orientation with counselors August 2012 main conference in Yakima, Washington.



Excerpt (Prepared by the Workforce Board of Washington State)

Staff of the three agencies propose establishing workgroups to develop statewide Programs of Study that provide meaningful, useful pathways, linking secondary CTE with postsecondary career education and incorporating the required elements as defined by Perkins statute. The workgroups will use a sector/career cluster approach to develop statewide articulated Programs of Study models. Each program will include articulated dual credit, and must lead to a degree, diploma, certificate, or apprenticeship. (Attachment 2) During 2011-2012 the workgroups will focus on Programs of Study for four of our state’s high-demand occupational clusters:

  • Advanced Manufacturing/Aerospace
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Agriculture

Over time, models will be available for all industry sectors where the state provides approved CTE programs. These models will be available for adoption by secondary and postsecondary partners throughout the state. Through this approach, we expect to establish statewide articulation agreements that provide greater dual credit opportunities for students.

The three state agencies have committed to fund the participation by their respective system personnel (administrators, faculty, and other education leaders). They will be invited to serve on these workgroups. Business and labor representatives and the Centers of Excellence will also be invited to participate.[1] The workgroups will meet several times throughout the year to complete these models. The models will go through a review by respective curriculum approval committees for the secondary and postsecondary systems.

State agency staff will conduct regional and statewide presentations to assure that the models are functional, available and used, and assure that all students have access to Programs of Study.

A progress report will be presented to the Workforce Board by Washington State Workforce and Technical Training Board personnel in June 2012.

The updated and industry validated IT Programs of Study Academic Pathway Planning Guides are as follows:




[1] Several employers have expressed interest in statewide programs of study, with customization for local employers. Microsoft will be offering academies within K-12 for IT certifications;NAM certifications within the manufacturing/aerospace programs are being emphasized, with a lead being taken by the COE inSnohomishCounty; and Bellevue COE is involved in conversations about healthcare informatics.