STANDARD C - ALIGNMENT (PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS)

Standard C

Alignment: The program is aligned with appropriate education, workforce development, and economic development activities.

Alignment is the demonstrable outcome of collaboration. Programs that are aligned share common outcomes and proficiencies for students and workforce providers. Students can transfer credit or earn credit for proficiency. In PK-20 systems, student can move not only vertically but laterally between and among programs, building skills and credit as they go and transitioning to their next step.

Program Elements

  1. The program is aligned with PK-20 educational programs and related activities.
  2. The program supports workforce and economic development initiatives as identified by the local economic and workforce development boards or agencies, state-appointed task forces, the Workforce Investment Board, business and industry associations, and HECC priorities.
  3. The program is part of a career ladder or pathway with education and training options leading to a degree or certificate, and continuing training and career advancement opportunities are identified.
  4. The program and/or related occupations are clearly identified within the appropriate career learning area, career cluster, and career focus area.

Guiding Questions

  1. How have key constituents been systemically involved in the development of the proposed program?
  2. What other programs could benefit students if the instruction and outcomes were aligned with this new program?
  3. Does the program meet education, workforce development, and economic development activities and priorities?
  4. How does this program support Oregon’s educational initiatives?
  5. How does this program support the larger context of workforce education needs and state and national initiatives?
  6. Are there articulation agreements in place for students in high school to receive college credit?
  7. Are there articulation agreements in place for program credits to be transferred to other colleges and other post secondary education and training opportunities?
  8. As a result of this program, what professional certifications or license exams will the students be prepared for?
  9. Is the program designed to accommodate employment opportunities for students through attainment of incremental proficiencies and certifications?

Example of Program Highlights Statement - Standard C

Alignment: The program is aligned with education, workforce development and economic development activities.

  1. Student learning outcomes/proficiences are aligned with industry-based standards through the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, the Certified Landscape Technician, Certified Arborist, Landscape Contractor certifications and the Oregon Pesticide Application license.
  2. Students can transfer credit from other colleges; high school articulation is an option.
  3. High school students participate on site; college staff support student leadership activities and career development events which are designed around common proficiencies.
  4. Career Pathways are provided in the following areas: landscaping design and maintenance, environmental horticulture, tree care/urban forestry and parks maintenance, chemical application, education, business and management.
  5. Most courses are also offered nights to enable working students to pursue this degree on a part-time basis.
  6. Each student is required to complete an internship or work-based learning experience with an employer.

Note: These statements and data are examples and are not intended to be replicated; more or less information may be required depending on the program.

Standard C: Alignment Supporting Documentation/Evidence

  1. Agreements with partner educational institutions. Examples include:              
    • High school, community college and university articulation plans or agreements based upon learner outcomes/skill sets/proficiencies. (REQUIRED)
    • Credit transfer and dual enrollment with universities.
    • Middle college opportunities with high schools.
    • Private career schools.
    • Apprenticeship programs and employers.
    • Government agencies.
  2. The program has applied to be or is included on the Eligible Training Provider list for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) if before July 1, 2016, or the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Investment Act (WIOA) if after July 1, 2016. 
  3. Letters of support, memoranda of agreement, or other documentation indicating how the program supports and/or is aligned with economic and workforce development efforts regionally, statewide or nationally.
  4. Documentation indicating alignment with industry, economic, or occupational clusters.
  5. Other documentation/evidence that describes the program development.