Camden County College received funding from the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education, for the "Career and Technical Education Partnership Grant" [CTEP Grant] in September 2010. Through this four-year grant, Camden County College and the Cluster Identified Career and Technical Student Organization [CTSO], FCCLA, housed at Edison Township Public School District, will collaborate with statewide partners in business, industry, higher education, secondary education and labor & workforce development to enhance career and technical education programs in the Human Service Career Cluster.
The CTEP grant stems from a national initiative supported by New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education and the U.S. Department of Education, to develop a new vision for Career and Technical Education [CTE] that responds to 21st century career issues and challenges. In 2009, New Jersey adopted new and revised Core Curriculum Standards that emphasize 21st century skills. Standard 9.4 applies to CTE programs and requires that all students who complete a CTE program acquire academic and technical skills for careers in emerging and established professions that lead to technical skill proficiency, credentials, certificates, licenses and/or degrees.
The work plan for this statewide grant focuses on four goals:
1. Establish a statewide Advisory Committee to develop a vision of statewide, standards-based, quality, secondary and postsecondary Human Services education and create an online toolkit for teachers, administrators, college faculty and students.
2. Develop model Programs of Study [POS] in Human Services Career Cluster.
3. Plan and deliver statewide professional development for educators on curriculum design and alignment and career planning in Human Services programs.
4. Enhance student leadership development through effective and efficient administration of the state chapter of the Career and Technical Student Organization of the cluster known as Family, Career and Community Leaders of America [FCCLA].