PROGRAM ALIGNMENT

What is Program Alignment?

One of the initiatives underway by the Post-Secondary Technical Education Authority (TEA) to enhance technical education in our state is the alignment of specific technical programs.  This project is driven by the needs of business and industry in the state.  Groups of business leaders are convened by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents with participation by program advisory committee members from our colleges to essentially “map” a preferred outcome for an occupational category (Phase I).

The purposeful outcomes of the project include: 
a) the identification of value-added exit points (points of departure from a complete associate’s degree that would enable employment) in occupations,
b) agreement on a nationally recognized industry based third party credential that students with limited prior work experience in the occupation can achieve,
c) agreement on a few common courses by all colleges offering the program to facilitate transfer between programs and potential articulation with our high schools and,
d) guidance regarding program length in credit hours to ensure consistency across the state. 
 
Flowchart of Program Alignment Process (pdf)
Detailed Description of Program Alignment Process (pdf)  
Program Alignment - Approved Credentials - October, 2013 (pdf) 
Program Alignment Handbook (pdf)
 

Status at a Glance

The Program Alignment Team periodically publishes a short listing of all current and projected program alignment activity:
Status at a Glance - October, 2013 (pdf)

 

List of Aligned Programs

Associate Degree Nurse - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Associate Degree Nurse Program... Read more.


Automotive Collision & Repair - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Automotive Collision & Repair Program... Read more.


Automotive Technology - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Automotive Technology Program... Read more.


Carpentry/Construction - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Carpentry/Construction Program... Read more.


Corrections - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Corrections Program... Read more.


Dental Assistant - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Dental Assistant Program... Read more.


Diesel Technology - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Diesel Technology Program... Read more.


Electrical Technology Aligned Program

Information on the Electrical Technology Program... Read more.


HVAC - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the HVAC Program... Read more.


Machine Technology - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Machine Technology Program... Read more.


Medical Assistant - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Medical Assistant Program... Read more.


Medical Coding - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Medical Coding Program... Read more.


Healthcare Documentation & Transcription Specialist - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Healthcare Documentation & Transcription Special... Read more.


Physical Therapist Assistant - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program... Read more.


Police Science - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Police Science Program... Read more.


Practical Nursing - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Practical Nursing Program... Read more.


Respiratory Therapy - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Respiratory Therapy Program... Read more.


Surgical Technology - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Surgical Technology Program... Read more.


Welding - Aligned Program

Information on the alignment process for the Welding Program... Read more.