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BUSINESS EDUCATION - BACKGROUND OF PROJECT

Overview of the DACUM process:

The DACUM (Developing A CurriculUM) process is a nationally recognized, standardized approach to job analysis that produces a complete job profile, including prioritized tasks. It is well-suited for use by community colleges in developing skill standards for business education programs. For more information on DACUM, see: http://www.dacum.org/

Few, if any, jobs in business education have maintained the same skill requirements during the past ten years. It's time to take a fresh look at what we should be teaching our students to succeed in industry. This project is one step in preparing skill standards for business education. The project results are expected to benefit vocational educators, students and employers.

The project's initial goal was to produce new or updated job competency profiles for 9 occupations within the 44 Business Education TOP (Taxonomy of Programs) codes. TOP is a common, numeric coding system by which colleges categorize degree and certificate programs and courses on the basis of similarities of their published goals and objectives. TOP codes encompass over 20 disciplines. The Business Education TOP codes were taken from the following 7 disciplines:

  • Architecture & Environmental Design
  • Business & Management
  • Commercial Services
  • Communications
  • Computer & Information Sciences
  • Engineering & Related Industrial Technologies
  • Fine & Applied Arts

Typical Business Education occupations include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Legal Secretary
  • Local Area Network Specialist
  • Website Developer
  • Database Specialist
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Graphic Artist

For more information on TOP Codes, see:http://extranet.cccco.edu/Divisions/AcademicAffairs/CurriculumandInstructionUnit/Curriculum.aspx

The 9 occupations profiled were selected based on input from employers and business education faculty/administrators, and in consultation with the Business Education Statewide Advisory Committee (BESAC). Once the 9 occupations were chosen, the project team and a panel of industry experts in each occupation met for two days each to produce the job competency profiles. We used the DACUM (Developing A Curriculum) process, a nationally-recognized, standardized approach to job analysis that produces a complete job profile, including prioritized tasks. It is well-suited for use by community colleges in developing Job Profiles for business education programs. For more information on DACUM, see:  http://www.dacum.org/

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