In order for the
programs to be offered for students at Vermont's regional
technical centers and comprehensive high schools, approval
must be granted. The director at the center where the
program will reside must provide evidence demonstrating
advisory board sees the need;
The program has
its own advisory committee providing curriculum and
The job market
and industry support the establishment of the
planning is provided for gender equity and balance in the
recruitment of students;
meets the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning
The program has
Vermont State Board approved competencies.
equipment and facilities are provided to run the
offers industry credentials if appropriate to the
industry and/or postsecondary articulations;
teacher will deliver the course.
process can be met within a short period of time; the
supporting documentation and required signatures can be
completed in a couple of months. The program approval
process provides for consistency of program structure,
supports industry involvement and ensures compliance with
state regulations. The process also encourages innovation
in program type and structure where pertinent.
The wide variety of
programs offered in Vermont's career technical centers and
comprehensive high schools must receive final approval from
the Commissioner of Education.
programs approved fall under one of the following three
Education Programs Technical education
programs provide at least an average of 120 minutes per
day or 600 minutes per week of training in academic,
workplace and occupational skills.
Exploratory Programs Pre-tech exploratory
programs offer students applied academics in
nontraditional career exploration, pre-technical
education and decision making. Programs are offered for
grades 9 or 10 and given for 2 or 4 hours per day.
Foundational Programs Pre-tech
foundational programs are part of a three or four year
sequence and meet an average of 200 minutes per week for
students in grades 9 or 10. These programs familiarize
students with occupations in a career cluster area and
instruct students in foundational core academic and
This document and the form below are provided to guide
educators and administrators through the approval process
in developing a new program or making substantial changes
to an existing program. The approval checklist and related
documentation must be submitted with all required
signatures to the department for final approval.