CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION
To provide quality integrated and articulated academic and vocational and technical education programs to prepare students to enter, compete, and advance in a technological changing work place.
Each student has the opportunity to understand and develop his/her potential and to acquire skills which will prepare him/her for work or for further education. In consideration of the rapid social, economic cultural, and technological changes, Career & Technical Education advocated programs that supports and encourages life-long learning as well as providing students with personal responsibilities, work ethics, and good citizenship.
Career & Technical Education envisions a highly skilled work force that can compete in the global market.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Individuals who can manage personal, family, and work responsibilities are more productive workers and are able to make a positive contribution to their communities and their workforce.
The overall goal of the Family and Consumer Sciences Program is the equip students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will enable them to successfully manage their personal, family, and career life, thus becoming productive members of the society in which they live.
Family and Consumer Sciences courses are offered in the secondary school level as Vocational Education courses.
FCS 100 - Introduction to family and Consumer Science (formerly call Home Economics 1) and FCS 102 -- Advance Family and Consumer Science (formerly called Home Economics II) are the two comprehensive coursed offered in the secondary schools for a period of one semester per course, allowing students to earn 1/2 credit per course. These courses focus on the development oft e knowledge, skills attitudes, and behaviors needed in managing one's multiple work, personal,ad family roles ad an awareness of careers relating to home economics. Although the content area covered in both courses are the same, the differences lies in the complexity of activities and dept of the content. The content areas covered in FCS 100 are: Individual and Family Health; Family Living and Parenting Education; Child Development and Guidance; Consumer Education; Clothing and Textiles; Food and Nutrition; Housing and Furnishings In FCS 102, the content areas covered are: Food and Nutrition; Clothing and Textiles; Personal and Family Life Management and Housing and Furnishings.
In the Technical High School and select high schools, advance courses are offered to prepare students for entry-level jobs. The courses offered are:
FCS 200 -- Introduction to Food Services
FCS 300 -- Introduction to Clothing and Textiles
These courses are aimed at developing entry level skills in students. Each course is offered for a duration of two semesters, allowing students to gain work experience during the second semester in either private industries or government agencies.
Although only tow content areas of specialization are being offered at this time, it is the intent of the Program to develop other areas included in the Comprehensive Core in the future.
AMERICAN SAMOA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION DIVISION
BUSINESS EDUCATION PROGRAM
Success in virtually every career requires knowledge of business. As the shift toward multicultural societies and global economies accelerates, the need to apply business skills and concepts also accelerate. The prepared individual who can sustain these shifts will be a ore productive and happier citizen.
Business Education in American Samoa has a mission to carefully select articulated instructional and sequential courses that satisfactorily blend business, career-choice experiences, and education assuring students preparedness for:
- Post-secondary education
- Personal business preparedness
- Computer application competency
- Full-time employment
To further enhance student preparedness, continuous rigorous reinforcement of skills in communications, employment literacy, interpersonal skills, occupation safety, personal skills, technology literacy, and thinking/problem-solving skills are integrated at all levels of learning.
GOALS FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION
- Establish clear, high standards of student performance. Encourage students to meet these standards by creating a cumulative record of courses taken, projects completed, and assessments of student mastery for both academic and non-academic subjects;
- Encourage "leadership development"
- Teach students business concepts and reinforce these concepts through solving realistic workplace situations. "Learning in order to know" will correlate with "learning i order to do".
- Instructional delivery will correlate with what the workplace requires
- Initiate high-performance strategies".
- Involve local businesses, parents, and the community at large in educating students.
- Provide students with computer literacy and skills necessary for a technological society.
In addition to the above listed standards, each course offered has established standards, benchmarks, and indicators designed to develop students's comprehensive knowledge and application competency. Course content areas are:
- Accounting I
- Accounting II
- Business Mathematics
- Computer Keyboarding
- Computer Applications
- Financial Record Keeping
- Introduction to Business
- Office Systems & Applications
STANDARDS FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION
The America Samoa Business Education Program will:
- Incorporate the National Business Education (NBEA) standards as established by NBEA in 1995: What America's Students should Know ad Be Able to do i Business. This document provides standards for business education and defines he parameters of the disciplines. The standards, designed to develop students' comprehensive knowledge of competence are as follows:
- Function as economically literate citizens through the development of personal consumer economic skills, knowledge of social ad government responsibility, a understand business operations.
- Demonstrate interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills necessary to function in a multicultural business operations.
- Develop career awareness and related skills to enable them to make viable career choices and become employable in a variety of business careers.
- Select and apply the tools of technology as they relate to personal and business decisions making.
- Communicate effectively as writers, listeners, and speakers in social and business settings.
- Use accounting procedures to make discussions about planning, organizing, and allocating resources.
- Apply the principles of law in personal and business settings.
- Prepare to become entrepreneurs by drawing from their general understanding of all aspects of business.
- Understand the interrelationships of different functional areas of business and the impact of one component on another.