R1. Approved Programs
Centers must offer career technical training approved by the National Director of Job Corps.
R2. Required Instruction
a. Provide instruction in the competencies listed on official Job Corps Electronic Training Achievement Records (e-TAR) of the career technical training programs approved for the center. Where training is offered through external providers such as accredited educational institutions utilizing Other Training Provider (OTP) programs, centers will use the CIS3G e-TAR for coding purposes only. Centers that have approved OTP programs must input final student accomplishments using the OTP e-TAR code in the CIS3G e-TAR using the Summary, Detail, and Credential Tab. However, all OTP programs must be endorsed by the Regional Office (RO) and recommended for final review and approval by the Office of Job Corps, to ensure that they are comparable to, or exceed, the rigor and relevance of national training programs. OTP programs must provide one or more of the following: a certificate of completion, a degree certificate, or an industry credential (see R6.b and c).
b. Provide instruction in additional competencies (beyond those listed on officially approved e-TARs) as necessary to equip students with the skills required in specific labor markets. Centers must not delete competencies from e-TARs without the approval of the National Director.
c. Provide instruction related to safety in all career technical training programs.
d. Credit students with acquisition of skills only after they have demonstrated competency in the skills at the level indicated on the approved e-TARs. When work sites are used to develop skills, employers must be involved in assessing student competency.
e. Develop work-based learning opportunities that are related to the career technical training program in which the student is enrolled and are appropriate to the student’s level of achievement, and where applicable, assist the student in meeting requirements of industry certifications
f. Make every effort to provide an opportunity for all students to obtain their basic driver’s license prior to graduation. Addressing driver’s license requirements on TARs specifically, attainment of a basic and/or commercial driver’s license (CDL) may be required as part of a specific program where vehicle operation is a critical component of employment.
R3. Employer Involvement
Centers must utilize input from their Workforce Councils, and other sources such as employers and apprenticeship committees/councils, in determining the content of their training programs, and must adjust and supplement center training programs to meet industry needs.
R4. Job Shadowing
Centers must develop job-shadowing opportunities for students that reflect occupations matching current center offerings or provide students with experiences in new and emerging occupations. Using relationships developed with local and national businesses, centers must coordinate opportunities for students to shadow employees at work sites in careers that are related to their career technical training, as well as careers that students are interested in exploring. These opportunities provide students with an understanding of the workplace, a chance to explore new careers, and an opportunity to apply their training.
R5. Relationships with National Training Contractors
Relationships between center management and National Training Contractor (NTC) instructors must be governed by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by each NTC and the involved center. A copy of this MOU is included for reference in Appendix 302 (MOU between the NTC and Center Contractor).
R6. Advanced Training (AT) Programs
The National Office has approved a variety of advanced training (AT) programs at certain Job Corps centers. Students enrolled in AT programs have the opportunity to extend their enrollment up to one full year beyond the current two-year enrollment limitation.
All students who are placed into an approved AT program must meet the AT program’s specific eligibility requirements. At a minimum, AT applicants shall meet the following entry criteria:
1. Must have completed an approved prerequisite career technical training program and achieved all applicable certification requirements
2. Must hold a high school diploma or have obtained a HSE certificate
3. Must demonstrate the academic proficiency needed to succeed, as defined by the specific AT program
4. Must receive a written recommendation from the sending center and documented acceptance from the receiving center
b. Advanced Training (AT) Centers
1. To be designated an AT program, the training offered must clearly show that students will develop higher and more complex skills and competencies than those covered by the basic program. In addition, a center must either articulate an agreement with a postsecondary educational institution for students to receive college credit while enrolled in the AT program, or be supported by industry-specific partnerships. Requests for AT designation should be submitted to the Regional Office (RO) for initial evaluation and endorsement prior to being forwarded to the National Office, which will make the final determination of whether the proposed training program meets the criteria for AT designation.
2. The operator must develop outreach strategies to include enrollment, eligibility, and completion requirements to achieve and maintain the AT program’s design capacity.
3. The operator must provide reasonable accommodations to students with needs and disabilities, as appropriate.
4. Regional and National Office staff will monitor performance of approved AT programs through the Career Technical Training Report Card (CTTRC), as outlined in Appendix 501d.
c. Transfer Credits
Centers that transfer eligible students to an approved AT program at another center will receive a school placement credit at the time of transfer. The sending center will also be credited for any program measure that the student qualifies for, and has earned. When a student separates from an AT program and is placed, both the sending center and the AT center will receive all credits related to placement accomplishments, as outlined in Appendix 501. Centers offering the prerequisite basic program and the AT program will receive all credits due at the time of student final separation.
d. Sending Centers
1. Sending centers will promote AT programs as an option for students throughout their enrollment.
2. The sending center will collaborate with the AT center to effect the transfer of eligible students, as outlined in PRH Chapter 6, Section 6.4, R2.
a. Centers must ensure that all students’ test results and progress are documented on approved e-TARs including credential attainment results (see R6.b and c [above]). Career Technical Training instructors record skill proficiency by rating the appropriate skills area on the e-TAR. This action represents how an instructor gives credit to the student for skill attainment. The date does not necessarily indicate when the student completed the task. The date indicates the instructor’s assertion of skill proficiency, documenting that the student is able to perform the task to industry standards with little or no supervision. For the instructor to perform the data entry process, the student does not need to be present for duty.
b. Students will use the Student Portal to access their e-TAR and check off the student acknowledgement box. This allows the student to stay informed of his/her progress. This is for information only. This does not impact the completion status or closing out of the e-TAR.