Career and Technical Education Department

Dawson Education Service Cooperative
711 Clinton
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
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Phone: 870.246.2115
Fax: 870.246.5892
CTE Coordinator: April Shepherd
CTE Program Assistant: Janie Freeman

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

The Dawson CTE Department is here to assist new Career and Technical Instructors, provide staff development, and encourage the development, implementation, and improvement of Career and Technical programs. Improvement of Career and Technical Education programs has three major components:

  • A change in the curriculum to add advanced technologies
  • The purchase of the instructional equipment needed to teach the new technology
  • In-service training for the teacher, on both teaching the new curriculum and using the new equipment. These three components will be used as guidelines in making decisions for all staff development and equipment purchases within our department.

Services provided from the Dawson CTE Department:

  • Carl D. Perkins Consortium Administration
    • Annual Application Preparation and Submission
    • Budget Management
    • Implementation of Perkins Mandates
    • Proposal Accountability
    • Technical Equipment Purchasing/Distribution
    • Completer Reports
    • Placement Reports
  • CTE Initiatives Support
    • Career Clusters/Pathways/Programs of Study
    • Curriculum Frameworks
    • Career Planning Systems - Kuder, CAP, Learning Styles
    • Business and Industry Certifications
    • Academic Attainment of CTE Students
  • CTE Technical Assistance
    • Professional Development/Technology Training
    • New Teacher Assistance
    • Policies and Procedures Interpretation
    • Resource Distribution
    • New Program Start-up Grant Support
  • Evaluation of Programs
    • DWE Technical Assistance Visits-Preparation, Attendance, and Follow-up
    • Teacher Information System -Review and Follow-up
  • Data Collection/Reporting
    • District Data Reports
    • Quarterly Activity Reports