Skills standards are aligned with national skills standards; therefore, a student trained to the skills standards possesses technical skills that make him/her employable in both state and national job markets (ODCTE, 2006, p.
The major duties described in these skills standards include employing safety while using: (a) shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), (b) gas metal arc welding (GMAW), (c) gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and (d) oxyacetylene welding (OAW) (ODCTE, 2006).
The items on the instrument were aligned with the ODCTE Agricultural Power and Technology: Welding Technician Skills Standards.
The instrument used for section one was developed by the researchers and consisted of 26 skills which were derived from the ODCTE
, OD46903 (2006).
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education defines SAE programs as teacher-supervised, individualized, hands-on, student-developed projects that give students real-world experience in agriculture and/or agriculture related areas (ODCTE
According to the ODCTE, the purpose of the TANF programs is to provide career and technical training that enables TANF recipients to receive the necessary skills training that leads to quality occupations (Welfare to Employment Vocational Training Program Planning Guide, 2001).
However, the previously mentioned requirements are considered by the ODCTE and the ODHS to be essential components for most TANF recipients to complete in order to be successful in their career and technical training and employment.
However, a study I conducted as TANF coordinator for the ODCTE proved that career and technical training paid in two ways.
The treatment group was pre-determined through selection of instructors by ODCTE staff, i.e., agricultural education teachers who received access to the CAERT curriculum.
These teachers were instructed by ODCTE state staff members to become familiar with the modules pertaining to animal science and horticulture prior to the beginning of the up-coming fall semester.
* Have access to customized quality curriculum, assessments and varied learning opportunities through the ODCTE
CareerTech Learning Network.
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education defines SAE programs as teacher-supervised, individualized, hands-on, student developed projects that give students real-world experience in agriculture and/or agriculture related areas (ODCTE