About the Irvine Valley College
Teacher Preparation Pipeline Program
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Irvine Valley College (IVC), a recipient of a Teacher Preparation Pipeline (TPP) grant, is working with prospective Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers to offer an exploratory experience into teaching as a career path. Career Technical Education is a program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge. The California CTE curriculum standards are organized into 15 industry sectors with each sector having two or more career pathways. Click here for more information about the Industry Sectors.
The California Labor Market forecasts a need for career technical professionals in Los Angeles and Orange County through 2016based on the projected fastest growing occupations. To meet this future need in the workforce, students will require education and training from secondary and postsecondary Career Technical Education teachers.
Fall 2010 "Principles and Practice of Teaching CTE"
In its second year, the Teacher Preparation Pipeline (TPP) program at IVC offered "Principles and Practice of Teaching Career Technical Education" in the Fall 2010 semester for prospective CTE teachers. Fifteen future teachers participated in the eight-week program which was facilitated by IVC Professors Frank Pangborn and Terry Thorpe. Each participant received a copy of the text Successful Beginnings for College Teaching: Engaging Your Students From the First Day by Angela Provitera McGlynn (2001). Professors Pangborn and Thorpe invited a series of guest presenters from among the distinguished faculty from South Orange County Community Colleges: Dixie Massaro, Roopa Mathur, Jerry Rudmann, Gary Rybold, Martha Stuffler, and Rick Zucker. A special thank-you goes out to each of them!
In addition to the reading materials, topical presentations, and lively discussions during the eight sessions, each participant was paired with a mentor-teacher from a related discipline. These mentors were matched with participant-mentees according to subject-matter and schedule. The subject-matters included accounting, automotive, business, drafting, education, healthcare, manufacturing and web design. Mentors were all current faculty members teaching at Coastline Regional Occupational Program, Irvine Valley College, Saddleback College or Rio Hondo College. Enthusiastic feedback from the mentors recognized the participants' potential as future teachers and the value of the mentoring process. Likewise, when surveyed at the end of the program, the participant-mentees appreciated the opportunity to interact with practicing professionals in their natural environment (the classroom!) as well as in the workshop sessions.
The eight sessions included an orientation, closing session and six workshops. Topics covered in the workshop sessions included creating a good learning environment, lesson plan development, evaluation methods, learning styles, classroom management, and the future of education. Each participant presented a 20-minute instructional learning lesson in their area of expertise at one of the workshops and many were afforded the opportunity to present a lesson in their mentor's classroom.
A Celebration of Learning
The Fall 2010 "Principles and Practice of Teaching CTE" closing session was held on December 11, 2010 in the Performing Arts Center at Irvine Valley College. Guests attending the celebration included the participants and their invited family members, mentors, guest presenters, and the TPP professors and administrative staff. Light breakfast, served as everyone was arriving and socializing, was followed by a program overview delivered by Dr. David Gatewood, Professor Pangborn and Professor Thorpe. The professors then introduced each of the participants who were given an opportunity to speak briefly about their experience and introduce their mentors. Both participants and mentors enthusiastically declared how valuable the program had been in providing insight and helping them to move forward with a teaching career. As a fitting segue to their new endeavors, Jim Gaston's presentation on the future of education: "Teaching the iPod Generation" was exciting and provocative. Everyone left feeling excited and energized about the road ahead.