The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC, at www.ateec.org) conducted a four-year project providing DACUM/JTA technical assistance project. (DACUM stands for Developing A CurriculUM; JTA stands for Job Task Analysis.) The project was funded through ATEEC’s Resource Center grant (DUE# 1204958) from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) division. (This project has ended, but ATEEC continues to provide services for a fee.)
Two-year colleges from across the U.S. were invited to apply. Up to five colleges per year were selected to participate in the DACUM/JTA project and receive ATEEC’s assistance in facilitating workshops to analyze an occupation for new program development or to update/validate an existing program.
ATE project sites were given preference, after which participants were selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Facilitation fees were covered by the grant. Facilitator travel expenses were paid by the host college.
The primary goal of the continuing DACUM/JTA services is to build the capacity of two-year college environmental and energy programs to assist students to meet the challenges of the 21st century workplace. The DACUM/JTA benefits for the college, students, and local business/industry include the opportunities to:
- Identify instructional needs and gaps.
- Plan an instructional program or validate and revise an existing program.
- Design and develop or revise curriculum.
- Design and develop or revise instructional materials.
- Provide teachers and trainers with valuable feedback on emerging and future trends in a career field.
- Provide career guidance for students and trainees.
- Ensure that students and trainees will have real-world skills to bring to the workforce.
- Provide administration/management with qualitative data on curriculum validity.
- Promote business and industry “ownership” in a school or training organization’s goals.
- Assure employers that students meet business and industry job criteria and performance standards.
- Network with business personnel who may agree to collaborate with a program.
ATEEC facilitates a local two-day workshop on the host college’s occupation of choice. The workshop is a structured group interview with 8 to 12 of the host college’s local business and industry expert workers. Through this process, the business/industry participants define the occupation, establish the areas of competency, and list and prioritize the job tasks/competencies. ATEEC then develops a graphical representation (DACUM or JTA chart) and task list of the outcomes of the workshop.
The host college uses this information to build or revise the competencies of the occupational program, in accordance with the needs of the real-world workplace. The tasks identified in the chart by the expert workers are used by educators and/or instructional designers to create learning or performance objectives. The objectives are the keystone of a learning framework upon which to base the design, development, or modification of an educational or training program.
The chart and task list will also become part of ATEEC’s online resource clearinghouse of occupational analysis materials, available for free download by colleges across the nation. More details on the benefits of the process and examples of existing DACUMs and JTAs are available on the ATEEC website at http://ateec.org/dacums/about. Questions not answered on the site may be directed to ATEEC.
ATEEC endorses the principle of equal educational and employment opportunities for all people, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, age or non-job related handicap or disability. Furthermore, the Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, age or non-job related handicap or disability in the educational programs or activities it operates. Questions related to this notice should be directed to the Director of ATEEC at 201 N. Harrison St., Suite 101, Davenport, Iowa 52722.