Career Technical and Adult Education


Paving the Way - Building a Rigorous Big Sky Pathway in Construction

Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 9:21 am

The Big Sky Pathways effort has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education to promote the Construction career pathway.  Montana was one of six states to receive funding under the Promoting Rigorous Career and Technical Education Programs of Study (POS) Program.   The grant application, which was submitted by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, was entitled "Paving the Way—Building a Rigorous Big Sky Pathway in Construction."  The goal of Montana's project is to improve local development and implementation of a construction pathway that will lead to high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations.  Objectives include (1) aligning construction curriculum and technical skills assessments with the National Center for Construction Education and Research; (2) forming interdisciplinary math/construction teams (3) promoting web-based guidance delivery through the Montana Career Information System and (4) developing partnerships and processes that will sustain and improve the development of all programs of study. The award for FY 2010 is $250,650

The Promoting Rigorous Career and Technical Education Programs of Study Program promotes and improves state and local development and implementation of rigorous programs of study. It also assesses the impact of student participation in career and technical education programs of study that link secondary and postsecondary education, combining academic and career and technical education in a structured sequence of courses, offering students opportunities to earn postsecondary credits for courses taken in high school, and leading to a postsecondary credential, certificate, or degree as outlined in the Education Department's Programs of Study Design Framework.

More information on programs of study can be found on the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) at http://cte.ed.gov/ .

For more information, contact TJ Eyer, Administrator, Career, Technical and Adult Education Division, 406-444-7915