The Diversified Career Technology program (DCT) gives students, age 16 and over in grades 9-12, an opportunity to receive on-the-job training through the cooperative efforts of employers in the business/industry community. The program provides students with selected occupational skills through a combination of employment-related instruction and concurrent, paid on-the-job training supervised by the employer and the teacher-coordinator.

Students are given the opportunity to participate in leadership activities sponsored by their Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO). Career Education Clubs of Florida (CECF) is comprised of over 200 clubs and 8,000 students. Students are tested at a local level on the chosen career job skills they have acquired during employment, and they also participate in the State Leadership Conference to demonstrate their skills in competitions.

Job placement opportunities are provided to the students by their DCT Vocational Cooperative Education teacher. The job is the student's related career objective. Job placement opportunities are also provided for program completers or qualified program leavers.

DCT students are placed in part-time jobs pursuing their career objectives while completing their graduation requirements. Upon graduation, students work full-time in the field in which they have been trained or remain in part-time employment while continuing their education.

DATA: The DCT program serves over 1,600 students in 26 senior high schools and 4 special centers. Approximately 1,500 employers provide instruction and job training skills for students who work in the business/industry sector for a portion of the school day.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: During the 1999-2000 school year, a reconstructed curriculum was implemented, and the program name was changed to reflect the skills necessary to acquire and maintain employment in the 21st century. The reconstructed curriculum includes a third-related class which provides students with the opportunity to acquire a complete range of employability skills from job search to job enhancement to managerial competencies.

Placement and follow-up surveys indicate that upon completion of a program, students either continue their education, enlist in the armed services, or are employed using the vocational competencies achieved in the program.

The employment demand from the business/industry community for part-time workers is in large part being met by DCT students. These students grossed over 8 million dollars in wages during the 1996-97 school year.


DCT I (First Year)

DCT II (Second Year)

Workplace Essentials (First or Second Year)

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