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About Programs of Study

What is a Program of Study?

A Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program of Study (POS) is developed to provide students with the necessary skills for entry to a post-secondary instruction, internship, apprenticeship or other avenues leading to jobs or career paths.

A program of study is a comprehensive, structured approach for delivering academic and career and technical education to prepare students for postsecondary education and career success. U.S. Department of Education Operational Definition

Programs of Study are designed to prepare students for:

  • self-sufficiency
  • career success
  • high wage / high demand jobs
  • occupations / careers : 2012-2022 Oregon Employment Projections

Federal Guidelines

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, which funds the CTE Programs, requires the State of Oregon to oversee the development of Programs of Study to assure they include career and technical areas that:

  • Incorporate both secondary and post-secondary education elements
  • Include rigorous content, challenging academic standards, and relevant career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative series of courses that align secondary and post-secondary education
  • May allow high school students to participate in dual or concurrent enrollment programs or otherwise acquire post-secondary credit
  • Result in an industry-recognized credential or certificate, or associate or baccalaureate degree.


Programs of Study (POS) are designed to prepare students for self-sufficiency by developing knowledge and skills through a sequence of instruction and experiences.  The strength of any POS is to provide life skills and prepare students to

  • Enter a college training / 2 year Associate Degree program
  • Have the skills to enter an Industry Apprenticeship program
  • Enter the workforce directly upon graduation from high school

The Oregon Department of Education has grouped all Programs of Study under 1of 6 identified Career Areas


A Programs of Study is intended to emphasize technical, academic, and career knowledge. Beginning at the Secondary or High School level, advancing skills are acquired through a sequence of coursework, ideally culminating at the post-secondary certificate/degree level. A POS must be:

  • Aligned to a set of Industry standards
  • Aligned between Secondary and postsecondary levels
  • Provides articulated postsecondary credit whenever possible
  • Integrates core academic skills into instruction
  • Reports and utilizes data in the review of the program
  • Conducts an assessment of technical skills gained in the program
  • Includes Student Support Services

Elements of a Program Study

Region 2-A encompasses the area known as Washington County and the eastern portion of Columbia County. Within its boundaries, 10 School Districts supporting 21 High Schools maintain 96 Programs of Study offering a wide range of opportunities for students to test the areas of their interest and potential life careers.

The list of the current Region 2-A & 2-C- Approved Programs of Study (derived from ODE webpage) shows the complete listing of the State Approved Programs of Study within Region 2-A (Washington and East Columbia County) and 2-C (Portland Public School District).

ODE provides a complete listing of all approved Programs of Study, state-wide, sorted by High School. To review the approved Programs of Study offered at each High School in Oregon, select the desired year from the dropdown box and the High School from the right had box.

Curriculum Standards

The Programs of Study in Oregon are grouped into 1 of 6 Career Living Areas also known as Clusters. They are:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Systems
  • Arts, Information & Communication
  • Business & Management
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Resources
  • Industrial & Engineering Systems

The curriculum taught in each Program of Study is aligned with the Oregon Skill Sets.

As part of the development of each Program of Study Application or Renewal, each teacher is responsible for completing the following Elements:

  1. The “Crosswalk” is part of Element #1, the Content and Standards section of the Program Of Study Application. By completing the Crosswalk, the teacher is aligning the curriculum taught with the State standards for CTE Programs of Study. The ODE CTE Oregon Skills Sets webpage shows which Crosswalk should be used for each Program of Study. Use the next link to find the actual State Approved Crosswalk Templates to be used with your program of Study Application or Renewal.
  2. The “Road Map” is part of Element #2, the Alignment and Articulation section of the Program Of Study Application. It is a planning tool for students showing the road from High School to Post Secondary courses of study. Each Program of Study must show a smooth transition from the High School curriculum to Post Secondary courses. This Road Map example shows this path.
  3. Perkins V emphasizes work-based learning. This is part of Element #1: Standard & Content section of the Program of Study application, particularly in sub-section D, which states, “A systemic approach to instructional delivery of academic and technical knowledge and skills where students demonstrate skill through contextual assessments” and sub-section E, where the applicant agrees that Program of Study “the opportunity for each CTE POS student to… Apply learning through authentic experiences..”
  4. The “Technical Skills Assessment” is part of Element #3, the Accountability and Assessment section of the Program of Study application. An optional element in Perkins V, it provides the method by which the students are assessed.
    • Region 2-A – Approved Locally Developed TSAs