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What is Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, and Trades?

Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, and Trades (METT), one of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) endorsement areas for 6-12 grade Illinois classrooms, helps students become college and career ready through critical thinking and real-world application of skills that are built within the content and application of METT courses. Technology and engineering education is the study of human innovation, which provides an opportunity for students to apply and manage knowledge and resources related to the human-made world. METT incorporates collaborative, application-oriented, activity-based strategies used to develop creative thinking skills while solving real-world problems. The study of technology and engineering education prepares students to become lifelong contributing members of our technological society who comprehend the impact of technology and use it to improve the quality of life for all people.​ By taking METT-specific courses or through the development of integrated units from other Illinois CTE endorsement areas, students develop academic knowledge and technical skills for a lifetime of opportunities as productive and responsible citizens.

Source Adapted from: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Man-Eng-Tech-Trade.aspx

Occupational Outlook Handbook https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

O-Net https://www.onetonline.org/

At minimum, Illinois METT focuses on the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Career Development
  • Computer Systems
  • Construction
  • Drafting and Design
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
  • Electrical and Power Transmission
  • Manufacturing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

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Career Clusters

The National Career Clusters® Framework serves as an organizing tool for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, curriculum design and instruction. There are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing 79 Career Pathways to help learners navigate their way to greater success in college and career. The framework also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary systems and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps learners discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.

Source: https://careertech.org/career-clusters

There are 16 nationally recognized Career Clusters; Illinois has 17 Career Clusters (Energy is the 17th). Illinois METT teachers may want to consider the examination of three-specific career clusters in the development of their program.

Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

This Career Cluster® is focused on designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism and entertainment services.

Architecture and Construction

This Career Cluster® is focused on careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

Education and Training

This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services.

Information Technology

This Career Cluster® is focused on building linkages in information technology occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

Manufacturing

This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing, and process engineering.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, managing and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance

Energy

This Career Cluster® is focused on developing, planning and managing the production of energy including renewable energy and clean coal technology and its distribution through smart grid technologies.

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PaCE Framework

Counselors, advisors, teachers and other educators can use the PaCE document to identify what types of experiences and information a student should have in order to make the most informed decisions about college and career planning. Organized from 8th through 12th grade, the Illinois PaCE Framework explains what students should be supported to do and what they should know at the end of each grade relative to three key domains: Career Exploration and Development; Postsecondary Education Exploration, Preparation, and Selection; and, Financial Aid and Literacy.

Source: https://www.isac.org/pace/il-pace-resource-materials.html


Diversity, Equity, and Special Populations  

Illinois has a commitment to provide every student the opportunity to be supported by highly effective teachers and school leaders. Further, Illinois understands that the two most important components for providing student learning are effective teachers and school leaders. Therefore, Illinois is focusing on developing highly effective teachers and leaders who are prepared to work to meet the instructional needs of each child, including those who have special needs and/or are English Language/Bilingual learners whether they come from high-poverty schools or low-poverty schools. To meet the needs of its lowest performing schools, Illinois is focusing on preparing teachers and principals to focus on differentiated instruction, student learning, and school improvement. Ensuring that teachers and principals are highly prepared to work in high need schools (HNS) will help to reduce the inequity among schools. Additionally, providing induction, mentoring, and professional development programs that focus on instructional needs of children will further support student learning in HNS (Source: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/equity_plan.pdf#search=equity)

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What is a Program of Study?

According to the definition put forward in Perkins V, a program of study must, at minimum, be a coordinated, non-duplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level that:

  • Incorporates challenging, state-identified academic standards;
  • Addresses academic and technical knowledge, as well as employability skills;
  • Is aligned to the needs of industries in the state, region, Tribal community or local area;
  • Progresses in content specificity;
  • Has multiple entry and exit points that allow for credentialing; and
  • Culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.

Because the METT CTE endorsement area is so broad, there are several programs of study that schools should consider:

Source: https://careertech.org/programs-study


Learning Standards

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE). The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia and Palau participated in the development stage of the CCTC, which was coordinated by Advance CTE. The development of the CCTC was a multi-step process that incorporated input from approximately 3,500 individuals representing K-12 education, business and industry and higher education from across the nation.

Source: https://careertech.org/cctc


​Career and Technical Student Organizations

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