December 12, 2004
Editor: Beverly Rath

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President's Report

Welcome to the 2004-05 school year, I hope the start of this year has been a good one. The weather sure has been wonderful after the cool summer we had. With the Board's approval, I will be serving my third and final year as president of this wonderful organization. One of things that I continue to enjoy is the opportunity to meet and communicate with so many wonderful individuals who have the same goal of providing opportunities to students with special needs. In setting goals for this year, I find that we have met a number of previous goals and continue working on others. See article on this year's goals. One of the challenges that I continue to have is keeping my email list current. The list continues to grow and that is great. However, throughout the year I get bounce backs from those whose email addresses have changed or are filtered out. If you do not receive my emails, or no longer receive them, and would like to, please send me an email at (/Echo/04.12.09/ Also, if your information changes during the year, let me know and I will notify membership.

There will be the annual MACTA/MnACTE Winter Conference on February 17, 2005, with a number of Hot Topic Sessions specifically for educators, see article. We will again be working with these two organizations regarding legislative issues concerning CTE and our programs. MnACTE has announced its Award Winners, and MNACTE/SNP's LuAnn Tauer is the CTE Teacher of the Year, she will receive the award at the winter conference's evening awards dinner, I would encourage people to try and attend the conference as well as the awards dinner. Congratulations LuAnn. More from the conference and LuAnn's award will come out in the Spring Edition of the ECHO. Speaking of legislation, IDEA's Reauthorization is before the full House and Senate for their voting before break. Perkins will be looked at again when the new session begins.

Elsewhere in this edition of the ECHO is an article on MnACTE/SNP's Conference. Please read the article, mark your calendars, and plan on attending our Statewide Conference, Continuing To Thrive in 2005, March 3 & 4, 2005.


Submitted by:
Robert W. Lindgren
Work Experience Coordinator
Area High School
401 Huntsinger Avenue
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Office: 218-237-6479
Fax: 218-237-6401


 Student Excerpt

My name is Sabrina Garritsen, I am 18 years old and I work as an umpire for softball and baseball, referee for hockey, and I also work as a lifeguard at Maple Grove Community Center. On top of those jobs I also volunteer in the community. I help out at Lord of Life Lutheran Church with the youth, volunteer with different church activities throughout the state, and I also help out with Maple Grove Days which I have been doing since I was really little with my dad. I am finishing up work experience at the Osseo Area Learning Center with Susan Ritter, my teacher and work coordinator.

I have been working at Maple Grove Community Center as a lifeguard for 3 _ years. Since I have been working there nothing tremendously exciting has happened as far as emergencies or serious injuries. There are those times we give out band-aids and jump in to rescue the kids who get out too far or cannot swim. Other than that there is nothing else major that has happened. However, the one day I will remember for the rest of my life and feel good about knowing what to din in these types of situations is when I saved a young boy from choking.

How it happened is that when it was time to rotate for me to go on break, I was on the bottom of the slide guard stand and I was walking by the glass windows that lead into the concession stand area. I happened to have looked in there and I saw a bunch of people around the garbage can, so my curiosity got the best of me and I peeked in to see what the commotion was about. What was happening was that a young boy was choking. The mom was trying to do the Heimlich maneuver but was unsuccessful due to her not doing it correctly. She was yelling to the concession stand employees saying, "Help me! Help me! Someone please, he is going to die. He can't breathe." They looked at her dumbfounded because they didn't know what to do. As soon as I analyzed the situation I didn't think twice and I went behind the boy and placed my hands right below the sternum, pushing in and up. Soon he threw up a huge piece of hotdog and he was all better. His mom couldn't stop thanking me. She said, "Thank you so much, you just saved my boys life. How can I ever repay you?" I told her, "It is no problem; it is all in a days work." Then I went to break and told the head lifeguard what just happened. Later my supervisor and everyone heard of it and congratulated me. The best part was saving his life, but I had another incentive. I was on probation and I knew my supervisor was mad at me. I felt after that I proved myself and basically told her through skills that I knew what I was doing and that I did pay attention when I took the lifeguard class

Osseo Area Schools District 279 CBVAT Assessment Center

Assessing vocational interests, readiness, and abilities of special needs populations is an area that may possibly be one of the most significant pieces of information we gather to determine the success of our students as they become young adults. It is an area that is essential to our students if we expect them to be happy, productive citizens in the community. All too often we transition these students on to adult service programs without the knowledge of their vocational interests and abilities or their preparedness for the working world. This potentially sets young adults up for years of frustration and possibly failure in the working world.

We, as vocational coordinators for District 279 came to a decision to strike out on our own and develop an informal vocational assessment center in an effort to gain some valuable information about our students' understanding of the working world. It is our hope that we can take this information and better prepare our young adults for life beyond high school, and help them achieve a more fulfilling and productive life.

The CBVAT program (Community Based Vocational Assessment and Training) in District 279 has developed an assessment center. Our program consists of three components. We work with special needs students from our three high schools and four junior high schools within the district. Some students are in real life work experiences within the community, with support from our vocational trainers. Another component is piece work. We work with local businesses to bring work into our center, for the students who are not able to have a job in the community. They are paid a piece rate for the work they complete. The third and newest component is our informal assessment in which we assess students utilizing interest and aptitude inventories, work production samples, academic skills, and observations. We schedule students into the center where we gather information on the student's interests, aptitudes, physical stamina, motor skills and work behaviors.

This information is compiled into a written report which is presented to the students, parents, and case managers. We are not licensed vocational evaluators, and therefore do not make recommendations for programming. We offer suggestions that may steer parents and case managers in a direction that provides for successful vocational training and exploration. The information also enables us to provide appropriate vocational opportunities for the student.

We continue to grow and expand our services to include all populations of special needs students. We are currently working with several educational companies to help develop products that meet the needs of the higher functioning population of students. These students sometimes may be overlooked because they have such positive social skills, but not necessarily the vocational skills necessary to become employable. We plan for continued growth of our assessment center over the next few years with the goal that we can better service special needs students in a comprehensive vocational program.

Submitted by:

Beverly Rath
Laurie Yahn
Terry Toops
Osseo Area Schools


ACTE National Convention: December 9-11, 2004, Las Vegas, NV

MACTA/MnACTE Winter Conference: February 17, 2005, Radisson City Center, St. Paul, MN

MnACTE/SNP Conference: March 3 and 4, 2005, Earle Brown Center, Brooklyn Center, MN

Remaining 2004-2005 MnACTE/SNP Board Meetings: Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park; 12:30 in Room H195.
January 13, 2005
February 10, 2005
April 14, 2005
May 12, 2005 (site to be determined).

2005 MnACTE/SNP Awards: The forms are nearly complete and will be posted on our website by January 1, 2005. A notification email will be sent when they are available.

MnACTE/SNP Plans 2005 Conference

March 3rd and 4th 2005 mark the dates for the Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education Special Needs Personnel Winter Conference at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. The conference planning committee has been working hard to put together, what we hope, will be a fantastic conference. This years' program title is "Continuing to Thrive in 2005", strands include: Mental Health, Curriculum, Rejuvenation and Legislation. Opening keynote speaker will be Candace Richards. Her theme is "Attitudes are Contagious." She will also be staying to present a breakout session on "Creating the Dream Team." Back by popular demand will be the Nuns. They will be presenting the closing address and a breakout session. Additionally, there are many outstanding breakout sessions planned that will bring new information and best practices that are occurring in career and technical education for students with special needs. We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and hopefully lots of new faces too.

For information or questions, please contact:

Lu Ann Tauer
Richfield Transition Plus Program

University of Minnesota's Work-Based Learning Program

As the Director of the University of Minnesota's Work-Based Learning Program, I often get asked if it still is possible to get (or complete) a "work experience license." Technically, the answer is no. However, you still can get a "license endorsement" which can be added to your current Minnesota secondary teaching license (if you have one). This is the "Teacher-Coordinator for Work-Based Learning" (WBL) license endorsement.

In addition, work-experience licenses are STILL valid, even though new ones are no longer being issued.

The Minnesota Department of Education's requirements for the WBL endorsement have little overlap with the requirements for the previous work experience licenses. So what do you need to know about how to get the WBL endorsement?


If you are seeking licensure as a Teacher Coordinator of Work-Based Learning you may apply for admission to the University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development endorsement program.

(Previously, you applied to the Department of Education for a license.

NOW you must apply for admission to the WBL Program at the University and the University will send your file to the Department of Education AFTER you have completed all license requirements.)

Admission criteria and application forms for endorsement programs may be found on the U of MN's web site at:

Information about programs in Work, Community, and Family Education may be found on the Department ensuite at:

In addition to applying to the College, you will also be required to submit a letter to the Coordinator of Work and Community Education in the Department of Work, Community, and Family Education expressing your intent to pursue this licensure. The letter of intent should include transcripts and verification of degrees and licenses held at the time of admission to the endorsement program. Please send these materials to:

Jim Brown

Coordinator of Work-Based Learning Program Department of Work, Community, and Family Education Room 350 Vocational and Technical Education Building
1954 Buford Avenue
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108

Licensure Requirements:

To fulfill requirements for the Teacher Coordinator of Work-Based Learning licensure according to Minnesota Board of Teaching rules, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have completed an approved teacher preparation program under MN Board of Teaching rule, part 8700.7600.
  • Hold, or have applied and qualified for, a Minnesota license for teaching grades 9-12.

Required Courses:

In addition to the above requirements, you must also successfully complete the following U of MN courses:

WCFE 5511 Education for Work (required of all students seeking this licensure) (3 cr.)

WCFE 5521 Work-Based Learning Policies (2 cr.)

WCFE 5522 Work-Based Learning Practices (3 cr.)

WCFE 5802 Enhancing Work-Based Learning through Collaboration (2 cr.)

Up-coming Course Schedule:

If you are interested in completing the WBL license endorsement, the required courses will be offered as follows:

Spring Semester 2005

WCFE 5522 Work-Based Learning Practices: Date yet to be determined; likely location - Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park

Summer 2005

WCFE 5511 Education for Work: 8:30 - 3:00 W,Th,F (06/15/2005 - 06/24/2005) St Paul Campus

WCFE 5802 Enhancing Work-Based Learning through Collaboration 8:30 - 4:00 M,Tu,W,Th,F (08/15/2005 - 08/19/2005) St Paul Campus

Fall Semester 2005

WCFE 5521 Work-Based Learning Policies: Dates and location not yet arranged for metro area

If you want additional information about enrolling in any of these courses, contact Kay Cohen (U of MN) at 612-624-1700 or email her at

If I can help answer any other questions about the WBL license endorsement, please contact me:

Jim Brown

MACTE/MnACTE Winter Conference

This year's combined MACTA / MnACTE Winter Conference will offer something for everyone; Administrators, Perkins / Tech Prep Coordinators, Post-Secondary Reps, and CTE Educators. Our Conference theme is: "Career and Technical Education &endash; It's Role in Learning and Earning." Mark your calendar for February 17, 2005 and plan to attend the conference at the Radisson-City Center, St. Paul. We are planning three breakout sessions of hot topics for each group. Possible joint session being put together dealing with the just released Citizens League Report. ACTE Executive Director, Jan Bray, will present the afternoon keynote address by taking a look at the national picture of career and technical education. Another keynote speaker will be Dr. James Stone, from the National CTE Research Center at the U of M. That evening will be the awards banquet, which will include Alice Seagren, Minnesota Commissioner of Education, as the speaker. For MnACTE members, the MnACTE annual membership meeting will be held during the conference. There will be a session with legislative reports and remarks, too.

Watch for the registration material to be coming out shortly with more details. Information on lodging at the Radission-City Center will be included on the registration material

Robert Lindgren
Park Rapids