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Best Practices Booklet - Uses of Grant Funds

Colorado Community College System
http://www.cccs.edu

Perkins federal funds are formula funds and have been available for so long that they are taken for granted. In the past, the funds tended to be used for program maintenance. A new project-based design for grant fund Local Plans was implemented and a paradigm shift was needed. A field based advisory council was implemented to support innovation and to facilitate strategic use of the grant funds. Business and industry council members especially liked to visit sites and see the use of the funds in action.

A cost effective method to evaluate results of the uses of the grant funds in a fair and non-threatening manner. Business and industry representatives enjoy onsite visits and become advocates of the programs and the funds. Peers learn from each other. Models of best fund usage are provided to all eligible grant recipients. The public and policymakers can see how the funds are used to enhance career and technical education program quality. The volunteers act as a liaison between the state’s grant director and the sub-recipients. The visits by the volunteers are not audits or monitoring so the atmosphere is relaxed and open. The volunteers can provide insight to state staff about professional development needs. The process becomes an indirect train the trainer system that distributes best strategies and adds voices from the field to promote innovation and continuous improvement. The selected sites can share the publication with their own boards and constituents and be proud of the recognition. More sets of eyes are watching how the money is being used.

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Lorrie Toni

lorrie.toni@cccs.edu

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Colorado CTE Advisory Committee Handbook

Colorado Community College System
http://www.cccs.edu

The purpose of this toolkit is to help educators and business/industry representatives to strengthen career and technical education programs within a career pathways system through the use of advisory committees. The toolkit includes tips, techniques, and worksheets for adopting a systematic process for working with committee members.

The Colorado CTE Advisory Committee Handbook is an interactive online toolkit that explains the benefits of program advisory committees and provides templates and forms to assist faculty with advisory committee set up and maintenance; the handbook also includes direction on program evaluation, committee member roles, and tips for program sustainability.

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Jennifer Jasinowski

jennifer.jasinowski@cccs.edu

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Wage Outcomes for CCCS Students

Colorado Community College System
http://www.cccs.edu

This report examines the wage outcomes for community college students based on their highest degree attained and cluster of study.

This report examines the wage outcomes for community college students based on their highest degree attained and cluster of study.

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Rachel Robinson

rachel.robinson@cccs.edu

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OUS Entering Freshmen Profile for Oregon High Schools

Oregon University System
http://www.ous.edu

How does a university determine how well a high school is preparing their students for success in college?

Universities and high schools need to know whether students from specific high schools are performing college level work at, above, or below state norms. A report for each Oregon high school identifies the number of graduates from their most recent graduating class who attended a 4-year public university in Oregon the fall after graduation. High school academic performance using test scores and GPAs are compared to college performance including grades by subject area and retention to the second fall. Five year trends for the high school and counts of which 4-year public university students attended.

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Jonathan Jacobs

jonathan_jacobs@ous.edu

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