Course standards for Nebraska's Career Technical Education programs have been revised as a way to make sure students are better prepared for their careers upon graduation.
The standards are used to define what students should know and be able to doto enter college or their chosen career.
The model standards will help participating public school districts organize curriculuminto sequences for courses in each of the following career fields:
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources;
- Business, Marketing andManagement;
- Communication and InformationSystems;
- Health Sciences;
- Human Sciences and Education; and
- Skilled and Technical Sciences.
The CTE course standards were also aligned with the Nebraska's academicstandards in reading, writing, mathematics and science. The new careereducation course standards are available at http://cestandards.education.ne.gov/.
The newly revised standards were also made to flow better with programs offered by the state's two- and four-year colleges.
Students will be able to begin with high school introductory coursesthat teach broad concepts and skills, progressing to college courses that offermore specific information and develop higher skill levels. Some Nebraskastudents will have an opportunity to earn college credits while in high school.