National Career Clusters Do Not Include 9-1-1
What is a Career Cluster? Vocational Education - where you become educated to enter a career - is organized into 16 professional clusters. One of those clusters is Public Safety as seen below. Within this structure there is NO mention of or inclusion of Emergency Communications. Each year I approach the National Organization for Career Clusters and ask that this profession become a part of this cluster - which is important.
Why is it important? Many reasons to include that the pathway designed for high school and college students finding their career is invisible to our public. Therefore colleges and high schools who are training individuals do not consider 9-1-1 as a potential course or what they call pathway. I will continue to lobby for this profession to be recognized. Here is what the US Department of Education says:
The U.S. Department of Education's Career Clusters are organized into 16 broad categories that encompass virtually all occupations from entry through professional levels. Career Clusters identify the knowledge and skills needed to follow a pathway toward career goals and provide a context for exploring the many occupational options available. Note that each Cluster is divided into different pathways that are grouped by the knowledge and skills required for occupations in these career fields.
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CAREER CLUSTER: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. Pathways: •Correction Services •Emergency & Fire Management Services •Security & Protective Services •Law Enforcement Services •Legal Services.
If you are interested in creating a college or high school vocational course read the attached article or contact firstname.lastname@example.org and talk to her about her very successful college course in Tacoma WA where a local Comm Center and the college are working together to create a career path for the qualified unemployed.
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