Career and Technical Education Department

Dawson Education Service Cooperative
711 Clinton
Arkadelphia, AR 71923 
Phone: 870.246.9046
Fax: 870.246.5892
CTE Coordinator: April Shepherd
CTE Program Assistant: Janie Freeman

Program Overview:
The responsibility of the Dawson Career and Technical Education Department is to develop and coordinate the Carl D. Perkins Federal Program. Our goal is to serve as a liaison between member school districts and the Career and Technical Education state staff and program managers.

The Career and Technical Department encourages the development, implementation, and improvement of CTE programs for the region. The CTE Coordinator provides supporting resources to enable public schools to initiate and maintain quality Career & Technical Education programs in accordance with the Arkansas Department of Career Education’s Strategic Plan, Goals, and Objectives. The CTE Coordinator works closely with local Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Councils, Post-Secondary Institutions, and Workforce Development Boards by supporting the economic development within the region. The CTE Coordinator encourages the development, implementation, and improvement of CTE programs for all districts (consortia or single LEA) in the service delivery area through the following job tasks:

  • Legally bind the district/cooperative with regard to the Perkins federal funds
  • Data Collection/Reporting
  • Competency Testing Reports
  • Completers
  • Certifications
  • Placement
  • Quarterly Activity Reports
  • Improvement Plans for Indicators not meeting 90% threshold
  • Program Review
  • ACE Technical Assistance Visits – Preparation, Attendance, and Follow-up
  • Teacher Information – Review and Follow-up
  • Technical Assistance
  • Professional Development/Technology Training
  • New Teacher Assistance
  • Policies and Procedures Interpretation
  • Resource Distribution
  • Support Services for Special Populations
  • Start-Up Grant Support along with equipment inventory
  • CTE Initiatives Support
  • Career Clusters/Pathways/Programs of Study
  • Curriculum Frameworks
  • Career Planning Systems
  • End-of-Course Competency Testing
  • Academic Attainment of CTE Students
  • Statewide initiatives Administration/Assistance
  • Annual Application/Amendment Preparation and Submission
  • Budget Management/Reimbursements/Inventory
  • Implementation of Perkins Mandates
  • Accountability