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Kentucky Population Definitions

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Secondary Student Populations:

Completer: A secondary vocational education completer is a student who declares a career major and earns at least four credits in the sequence of required courses and electives for the designated career major or an occupation within the career major, which prepares the student for employment and/or further education. It is possible for a vocational student to earn all four credits in one year if the school is on block scheduling and not graduate until the next year.

Concentrator: A secondary vocational education concentrator is a student who has declared a career major with a sequence of required courses and electives and earns or plans to earn three credits in the designated career major.

Tech Prep: A Tech Prep student is identified as a student with an individual graduation plan that includes a secondary and postsecondary sequence of courses and relates to a postsecondary educational outcome in a vocational career cluster/major or occupation DOT through an articulation agreement.

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Postsecondary Student Populations:

Completer: Postsecondary students who satisfactorily complete all the requirements of the occupational technical education program required by business and industry will be identified as a program completer. Students who pass the proficiency assessments will be awarded with a diploma. Two Year Program Completer: Postsecondary students who satisfactorily complete all the requirements of their occupational technical program or their associate degree programs will be a completer. Depending upon the type of program, students will receive a credential of completion and graduation. Postsecondary Graduation with a Credential: The postsecondary program completer with a certificate, diploma, or an associate degree will be a graduate from the institution. In this case, graduation and program completer will be the same. At this point, I cannot think of situation where it would not be the same.

Concentrator: Vocational Concentrator (Students Meeting Threshold) Programs at the postsecondary level vary in length according to the desired outcome of the students. Some programs are less than one year, but result in students achieving occupational knowledge and skills necessary to be employed in the occupation. An example of a short-term program is a medicaid nurse aide that requires state certification. There are one-year programs and two-year programs. The technical colleges were not authorized to grant associate degrees until the community college system and the postsecondary technical education system were organized under one Board of Trustees. Some of the schools are just beginning the process for associate degree programs. In the technical colleges, curricula are organized by occupational exit points. If a student completes to a certain exit point and leaves school for employment in that occupational area, the student receives a certificate of completion. If the student completes the curriculum and takes the competency test, that student receives a diploma. The community colleges did not have that flexibility, but are giving consideration to the same type of programs to meet the needs of the students. Postsecondary Vocational Concentrator (continued) One-Year Program Concentrator: A postsecondary student who is accepted into and enrolls in a one-year technical education program that requires rigorous academic and technical education standards and completes one semester of required courses and electives and decides to transfer to a two-year program for more in-depth skills and proficiencies or becomes employed in the field will be identified as a concentrator. TwoYear Program Concentrator: A postsecondary students who is accepted into and enrolls in a two-year technical education program that requires rigorous academic and technical standards, completes two semesters of the four required semesters, and leaves the program will be identified as a concentrator.

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