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Pathway Focus of the Month: Human Services and Public Safety

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Potential Career: Sign Language Interpreter

In general the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 8.6 percent of United States population 3 years and older (which varies widely by age) were reported to have hearing problems. This is a national average, but the figure can be applied, with reservation, to the Massachusetts population, resulting in over 500,000 people. (Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) With legislation requiring equal access and reasonable accommodations, being a Sign Language Interpreter opens many doors across industries and sectors. This is one of the few careers that would allow you to work in an educational, government, health care, travel, legal, human services, television, or even a theatre setting. These jobs can be pretty flexible as well—Sign Language Interpreters workers enjoy a 20 percent self-employment rate and part time work is common. A bachelor’s degree is a typical qualification for job candidates.

Job Outlook: There is an anticipation that demand will continue to increase as more businesses, agencies and institutions are required to comply with equal access and accommodation legislation. However, job outlook data lumps in Sign Language Interpreters with all Language Interpreters, so it is difficult to isolate the job outlook for this one career. One potential reason that job openings remain relatively low in this field is that job turnover is relatively low—people who go into this field tend to stay in it. State labor market analysts project a continued growth of 20% in this field.

For More Information: The State has a great website that lists out the many types of Certifications one can get as a Sign Language Interpreter, which will also give students a good sense of the many different types of jobs available within this field. Additional information can be found at the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (a more informative site for students) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (not as geared towards providing career information but does inform on the international deaf community and interpreters).

About BCC’s Programming: BCC has a strong Deaf Studies program that offers several options linked to career and employment opportunities: Deaf Studies Prep Certificate, Deaf Studies Professional Certificate, Deaf Studies (transfer), Deaf Studies C-Print Option, Deaf Studies Early Childhood option, Deaf Studies Human Services option and Deaf Studies Interpreter (transfer). These programs provide foundational information as well as specialized workforce skills and are available to both deaf and hearing students. Please note that most transfer interpreter programs require relocating.

Hint for Success: Students should spend at least 3 – 6 hours per week outside of class, learning and using American Sign Language. One way is to get involved with the BCC Deaf Club!


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Renew your Articulations. Remember, this past year has been a transitional year. ;
From now on, ALL articulations will have the same start date (July 1) and end date (June 30) which means that any articulation signed prior to May 1, 2009, has expired. The good news is that all you have to do renew those articulations is to let us know that (1) you wish to renew the articulation for school year 2009 – 2010 and (2) that your instructional requirements and curriculum have not changed from last year.  As soon as we get that information, we will start the renewal process on our end.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Tech Prep Is Changing Its Name.
Massachusetts has moved away from the old moniker, “Tech Prep,” to the more appropriate “Secondary Postsecondary Career and Vocational Technical Education Linkage Initiative,” or “CVTE Linkage” for short. To help better inform all stakeholders of what this Initiative represents in terms of services and activities, the State has developed a brochure. The Bristol Tech Prep Consortium will, likewise, work to rename itself to better align with the State. More to follow.

Next Steps in MA STEM Education: the Newly-Formed Massachusetts Academy of Sciences.
On 25 April 2009, the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences (MAS) sponsored a forum on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to identify a set of priorities in STEM education reform in the Commonwealth. The forum had three objectives: to have the greatest and most immediate impact on the students and teachers, to be suited to the MAS volunteer-based approach to STEM education reform, and once accomplished, to have a significant impact on the quality of STEM education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

The resulting  report, "The Next Step to Improving STEM Education in Massachusetts," summarizes the forum’s recommendations.  Be sure to read the section on “Preparing Today’s Students For Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce and Its Leadership.”

Broader Horizons:  The Challenge of College Readiness for All Students. 
This report is a 2009 edition of “Diplomas Count”, which investigates one of the critical issues facing the nation’s educational and economic future-the challenge to prepare all students for college.  It offers data on graduation rates for the nation, states and 50 largest school districts, and also maps out the policy and reform landscape defining the college-ready agenda.  To obtain a copy of the report, visit:http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2009/06/11/index.html.


Professional Development Opportunities

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Professional Opportunities

2009 National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) conference, September 30 – October 3, 2009, Hyatt regency, Atlanta, GA. Click here to see the 175 presentations that have been accepted, with more to come. Let Sheila Wilson, conference coordinator, or David Bond know if you have questions about the program or anything else about the conference.

Improving the Teaching of Physics (Project ITOP) Courses: The Department of Physics and the School of Education at Boston University are continuing their offering of courses for physics teachers. The courses are part of the sequence “Improving the Teaching of Physics” (Project ITOP) offered in Boston and Chicopee. Partial tuition support for Project ITOP courses is provided by a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and the Improving Teacher Quality Program. The following courses will begin shortly.

  • September 16 - October 28: NS 540 Section A1: Concepts in Physics I: Forces and Motion (2 credits). Meets at Boston University on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30.
  • September 10 - October 22: NS 545 Section B1: Concepts in Physics VI: Electromagnetism and Physical Optics (2 credits). Meets at Chicopee Comprehensive High School on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30.
  • September 14 - November 2: NS 545 Section A1: Concepts in Physics VI: Electromagnetism and Physical Optics (2 credits). Meets at Boston University on Fridays from 4:30 to 7:30.

For additional information, visit the website, or contact Andrew Duffy (617-353-9089), or Peter Garik (617-353-4735.)

Fall 2009 Student Support Conference, Thursday, October 1, 2009, 8:00am-3:15pm, Best Western, Marlborough MA. The objective of this 3rd annual DESE conference is to inform participants of a number of the Department's state and federally funded student support focused programs, share promising strategies, and engage grant recipients (and potential recipients) in a coordinated effort to increase partnerships across programs. The overarching goal is to help communities better plan and implement comprehensive approaches that support success for all youth. There will possibly be spring regional networking sessions (optional) to further explore topics, strategies, and ways to effectively coordinate and collaborate across and beyond programs. For more information: Fall 2009 Student Support Conference.

MASCA Fall Conference, October, 6, 2009, Holiday Inn, Boxboro. Come to the Fall 2009 MASCA Conference and hear from the ASCA President in the Keynote speech, ”Moving All School Counselors Ahead using Model = Student Achievement.” The afternoon workshops will include a presentation from MEFA on their new inter-net Early College Planning tools. Go to MASCA’s website for more information or to register for the Conference.


Student Opportunities

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Student Opportunities

Entrepreneurship Day – Bristol Community College, Fall River Campus (777 Elsbree St), September 15, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This educational and interactive event will feature Richard Bottner, president of Intern Bridge, Inc. and Jim LeBelle, owner of Village Bicycle and a RAAM competitor, sharing their tales. An expo of local entrepreneurs, exhibits, and free hot dogs cap off this event! Contact the Tech Prep Office is you would like to attend—space is limited.

National Careers in Construction Week, October 12th – 19th. The National Center for Construction Education and Research has designated this week to raise awareness of careers in the largest industry in the world! In the next six years, construction companies expect to hire one million new workers.

Eight for 9/11. As we approach the 8th-year anniversary of 9/11, we are challenged to explain the significance of the event to America's young people – most of whom have no first-hand memory of the occasion. Youth Service America, designated as the official youth partner of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, offers its experience in engaging children and youth by suggesting ideas for service and service-learning projects sparked by the eight major impacts from this life-changing event.


Resources of the Month

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Resources of the Month

Teacher’s Domain. A collaboration between WGBH and the National Science Foundation, Teachers’ Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards. Resources cover a wide range of school curricula that encompasses all core academic subject areas and the arts. Interested in offering a Teachers' Domain workshop to your school staff? Simply contact Daniella by email or call her at (617) 300-3995 to learn how they can help you utilize this great FREE resource.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Announces Educational Grant Program. Lowe’s is accepting applications for its Toolbox for Education program. This grant program was designed to empower parents and further encourage their involvement in their children’s schools. This year, we challenge ourselves to seek ways to provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through these challenging times efficiently and with the greatest impact. In 2009, basic needs will take priority. Please keep this focus in mind as you apply for a Toolbox for Education grant in the 2009-2010 academic year. For more information and to obtain an application, visit: Toolbox for Education. Deadline: October 16.


Articulation Update

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Articulation Update

If you have not yet done so, please contact Kathy Bjorge with any articulated course requests for this school year (2009-2010) as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, you will need to supply her with an electronic copy of the high school course curricula for BCC faculty consideration. (We can convert hard copies of curricula to pdf forms if necessary.) Remember, the DESE requires articulations be updated EVERY YEAR and requires development of a new articulation each year. Call (508.678.2811, x3460) or email with any questions, to set up a meeting or to submit curricula.