Career and Technical Education is designed to provide students with a rigorous school and work-based curriculum that will equip them with the knowledge and skills to enter two-year or four-year post-secondary education institutions, apprenticeships, the military or employment. Our curriculum is flexible, innovative and student-centered, allowing for selection of a career pathway that integrates academics, employability and technical skills. From agriscience education to creative arts, to business education and driver education safety, to family and consumer science, our Career Tech department has it all. Our curriculum encompasses the following principles and characteristics:
- Learning addresses needs and interests of individual learners.
- Students assume a high level of responsibility and accountability for developing specific skills and knowledge needed for their individual goals.
- Teachers, counselors, parents, and students are active participants in the development of students’ instructional plan.
- Technology is used to support and customize content and delivery to match students’ learning styles, experiences, and skills.
- Learning is a continuous process of inquiry that keeps pace with the speed of change in business, industry, and society.
- New methods of assessment and certificate of knowledge and skills replace traditional measurement. Implementation of an open design process allows students to take advantage of borderless, technology-rich environments that provide critical access to rigorous technical and academic subject-area curricula.
- Learning is designed to broaden students’ opportunities and competitiveness in a rapidly changing economy.
ASD Receives Funding for New Career Tech Program!
A new video production/editing studio will be coming to the campus of ASD thanks to a $199,6662 award made possible by the Career and Technical Education (CTE)/ Workforce Development 21st Century Workforce Fund (ACT 2013-381). Late last year, the Alabama State Department of Education accepted applications from local education agencies for new and innovative CTE programs to prepare students to enter employment and/or advancement in high-wage, high-demand occupations. Through a collaborative effort from ASD and AIDB’s Office of Institutional Advancement, ASD’s proposal of a state of the art video production program was approved. Renovations of an existing classroom within ASD have begun with expectations of this new class offering as part of the many Career Tech courses available beginning this fall.