The connections between my old and new career
Since I am a vocationally certified Career & Technical Educator, the state of Minnesota requires all programs that receive Carl Perkins Funding to complete a program approval every 5 years. Carl Perkins CT&E Act is a federal grant funding secondary and post-secondary CT&E programs in the United States. I have six state approved courses that I can teach, four of which I choose to offer while I pursued my MARA degree.
The certification of a program of study is quite an endeavor. What needs to be done is to place national and International industry standards into your units of study. This sort of thing is easy for me to understand, and I happily place standards into generic units used by all the Graphics teachers in my district.
I have found that my familiarity with CTE standards and Program recertification has given me a good foundation to create a records retention schedule for school districts. Since the last State issued schedule was issued in 2000, I have found some references to State statutes that have been repealed since it was issued. Those tiny details make the work very rewarding in my opinion.