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Agricultural Education

Dale Gruis

Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.

Vision and Mission
Agricultural education is a systematic program of instruction available to students desiring to learn about the science, business, and technology of plant and animal production and/or about the environmental and natural resources systems. Agricultural education first became a part of the public education system in 1917 when the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Hughes Act. Today, over 800,000 students participate in formal agricultural education instructional programs offered in grades seven-adult throughout the 50 states and three U. S. territories.

Ag Ed Vision: Agricultural education envisions a world where all people value and understand the vital role of agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems in advancing personal and global well-being.

Ag Ed Mission: Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems.

Professional Organizations
Agricultural educators who had formed state associations for agricultural educators organized the National Vocational Agricultural Teachers' Association (NVATA) in 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1997 at the annual NVATA convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the name of the organization was changed to the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). The NAAE is a federation of 50 state agricultural educators associations. The governing body of the organization consists of a board of directors with a president, president elect, and six regional vice presidents. Today, more than 7,600 agricultural educators are members of the NAAE.

National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE)

Professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.  NAEE seeks to advance agricultural education and promote the professional interests and growth of agriculture teachers as well as recruit and prepare students who have a desire to teach agriculture. The organization is dedicated to developing professional pride, to nourishing a spirit of unity among classroom teachers and to recognize members for their outstanding programs.

Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators (IAAE)

All IAAE members are also members of the Iowa Association of Career and Technical Educators (IACTE).

Standards and Benchmarks

Agricultural Education Standards & Benchmarks


Business and Marketing Education

Kelli Diemer

Business and Marketing helps to prepare students master the knowledge and skills needed to function as citizens, consumers, employees, managers, business owners, and directors of their economic futures through the study of accounting, business law, career development, communication, computation, economics, personal finance, entrepreneurship, information technology, international business, management, and marketing.
Program Management Committee

Business Program Management Committee Guiding Principles

Program Management Committee Membership 2013-14

Meeting Minutes
April 4, 2014
January 31, 2014
September 13, 2014

Professional Organizations

Iowa Business Education Association

National Business Education Association

North Central Business Education Association


Standards and Benchmarks

Business and Management Administration Standards and Benchmarks

Business and Administration Model Standards and Benchmarks

IT Critical Standards and Benchmarks

Iowa Core Literacy Standards

Finance Critical Competencies

Finance Standards & Benchmarks

Financial Literacy within 21st Century Skills of the Iowa Core

Career Pathway Framework


Conversations about Quality Business Education Webinar Recording


Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Lisa Stange

Family and Consumer Sciences Education empowers individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society.  Our unique focus is on families, work, and their relationships.

Vision and Mission
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) offers a unique focus on families, work, and their interrelationships, providing a solid foundation of success for any student!  Through relevant coursework, community projects, student-led organization, and internship/mentoring opportunities, students develop the essential leadership, life, and communication skills they need to become responsible citizens and leaders in family, community, and work settings.  As a Family and Consumer Sciences student, you will learn to manage resources to meet the essential needs of individuals and families; to promote optimal nutrition and wellness across the life span; and to accept responsibility for your actions and success in family and work life.  The career and educational opportunities available in Family and Consumer Sciences are varied and virtually unlimited, as are the post-secondary education opportunities.

Family and Consumer Sciences graduates can either enter the workforce after high school or continue their education at a community college or four-year university.  Many courses can be concurrent enrolled courses with a local community college.  The essential knowledge and skills developed through Family and Consumer Sciences prepare students for a successful future in any field, as well as in family and community life.  An FCS program allows students varied opportunities to experience classroom and laboratory components and instruction that meets industry validated standards, work-based learning in the form of internships or academies, and membership in the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) the student-led organization that "enhances" the skills taught in FCS, and provides opportunities to build leadership and competitive skills necessary in the world of work and in the community.

Iowa Code
FCS Requirements in Iowa Code

Statewide Articulation

Please integrate the identified "competencies" from either the statewide articulation EDE 170 (for a comprehensive FCS program of study) or ECE 103 (for the occupational early childhood program of study) into your your course/ usually does take two semester courses to cover all of them. Remember, when your students leave your child development/early childhood course/s they will have earned the equivalency of a 3 credit course at the community college.

In addition, a "portfolio" of artifacts must be developed by your students documenting that they truly completed the identified competencies.  Since the Early Alliance in Iowa (Early Childhood Educators) are still in the process of "identifying" the final "artifacts", I have attached a power point from North Carolina that "outlines" the artifacts that they collect and have also attached a list of "guidelines" that I will be presenting to the Early Alliance as a recommendation in the development of the final artifacts for your students.

Child Growth and Development

Updated ECE 170 Articulation

ECE 170 - Certificate Template

Portfolio Artifact Guidelines

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Updated ECE 103 Articulation

ECE 103 Certificate Template

Portfolio Artifact Guidelines


Updated Nutrition Articulation

Updated Nutrition Articulation Template

Community College Articulation Contact Information

Linking Programs for Articulation and Program of Study Development

District Articulation Update Form

Articulation FAQs

Professional Organizations
IFCSE (Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Educators) is the link to the umbrella organization for career and technical education - ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education).  The collaborative partnership between the IFCSEP Key leaders (FCS representatives from each AEA), and the Iowa Department of Education, plan the state FCS teachers conference held in July.  Check out the membership application and join other FCS professionals across the state!

In addition, all Iowa career and technical teachers are encouraged to become members of the national association and attend the Iowa Career and Technical Conference (IACTE).

IFCSE Website

IACTE Website

ACTE Website

IAFCS (Iowa Family Consumer Sciences) is an affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), the "umbrella" association for our profession.  Please click the link below to access the website and find membership information for both the Iowa affiliate and national association.

IAFCS Website


Program of Study

POS Guidance

POS Advisory Committee Planning Guide

POS Course Template

POS Course Template with Sample Courses

Secondary Program Template for the Development of a POS

POS Final Signature Form

Human Services: FCS Plan of Study Template (drawing board)

Human Services: Early Childhood Plan of Study Template

Hospitality/Tourism/Culinary Pathway Plan of Study Template

Arts/AV Technology & Communications (Fashion & Interior Design) Career Pathway Template

Linking FCS POS to postsecondary community college contact/s

Standards and Benchmarks

National Standards with Iowa Competencies (updated 12/09)

Middle Level FCS National Standards with Iowa Model Competencies

Sample Curriculum Framework for 7th & 8th Grade Exploratory

National Career Clusters website

Marketing Tools

What is FCS all about?

FCS:Supporting 21st Century Skills

Career & Technical Student Organizations Talking Points


Health Science Education


Health Science Education programs prepare students for careers and higher education in more than 200 occupations in the health care field, in a variety of settings, including clinics, home health, hospitals, insurance industry, laboratories and research, and, nursing homes. The individual interested in the health care field will have the opportunity to prepare for professional careers that plan, manage and provide therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services and biotechnology research and development.

Health Science Program of Study

Iowa Health Science Education Model Program of Study and Overview

Health Science Links

Nursing Job Openings Across the Country

Registered Nurse Salaries by State - 2015

Board of Nursing

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Association of Surgical Technologists

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Council for Higher Education (CHEA)

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

Dental Hygiene

Dental Assistant Resources

Iowa Health Careers

Iowa Nurses Association

League for Innovation in the Community College

Medial Assistant

Medical Billing and Coding Online

Medical Lab Tech

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

NN2 - National Network for Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges

National Consortium for Health Care Educators

Public Health Online

Radiology Technicians

X-Ray Technicians

Respiratory Care NN2

Your Accreditation Membership (YAM)

YAM Definitions

CNA Information

FAQs for CNA

Health Program Management Committee

Purpose and Guiding Principles - Program Management Committee Health

Health Program Management Committee Membership

FY 2013 Budget

Meeting Minutes
April 2014
October 2013
April 2013
April 2012
January 2012
October 2011

Iowa Code

Chapter 24 - Community College Accreditation

Chapter 21 - Community Colleges

Chapter 12 - General Accreditation Standards

Standards and Benchmarks

Community College Core Performance Standards

NCHSE State Adopted Standards and Benchmarks

Career Clusters from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium

Competencies - Health Occupations

NCHSE Health Science Standards with objectives


Definitions for Health Educators


Industrial Technology

Andy Wermes
Office: 515-281-8353   Cell: 515-314-8317

Industrial Technology Education programs prepare students for careers and higher education within Manufacturing Technology, Engineering and Design, Construction Technology, Transportation Technology and Communication. Students are provided technical knowledge that emphasizes high standards and quality experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

Vision and Mission
Industrial Technology programs will offer Programs of Study, aligned with industry standards. Beginning with a broad-based industry-focused career exploration course at the secondary level, programs will continue with a coherent sequence of courses within a career cluster through post-secondary education. Student attainment of proficiency will be measured through assessments aligned with industry standards, and providing students with industry certification(s).

The Department of Education will provide technical assistance and resources to assist schools and colleges in accomplishing the stated vision.

Statewide Articulation
There are no statewide articulations within the Industrial Technology cluster areas. Programs are advised to work with their community colleges to develop Programs of Study, and to adopt statewide recommended Program of Study models as they become available.

Industrial Technology Statewide Safety Professional Development w/Optional College Credit for Licensure Renewal

Standards & Benchmarks


Credentials for Architecture and Construction
Credentials for Arts, AV, Technology and Communications
Credentials for Law Public Safety and Security
Credentials for Manufacturing
Credentials for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Credentials for Transportation and Logistics


Automotive, Diesel, and Collision
Heavy Equipment

NATEF Collision Repair and Refinishing Task List
2009 NATEF/I-CAR Tasks Crosswalk
2009 NATEF/I-CAR Task List

Construction Core Competencies
Construction Technology
Secondary Construction POS Course Sequence

Drafting & Design
Drafting & Design

Graphic Communications
PrintED Graphic Communications

NAM - Advanced Manufacturing Standards

NIMS - National Institute of Metalworking Skills

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

MSSC Logistics (CLA/CLT) Certification
CLA Standards
CLT Standards

Skill Standards for the following areas of concentration:
Manufacturing Production Process Development
Quality Assurance
Health, Safety, Environment
Logistics and Inventory Control

AWS SENSE Standards Presentation
AWS Standards
AWS Level I - Entry Level Welder
AWS Level II - Advanced Welder
AWS Level III - Expert Welder
AWS - American Welding Society Educator Standards
AWS Standard for Certification of Welding Educators
Certified Welding Educator Exam Program Package
Certified Welding Educator Non-Exam Program Package
Certified Welding Educator Renewal Program Package
Supplement C - Welder Performance Qualifications Sheet Metal Test Requirements
Standards for AWS Certified Welders

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