File No. 35938

This rule was published in the April 1, 2012, issue (Vol. 2012, No. 7) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Education, Administration

Rule R277-916

Technology, Life, and Careers, and Work-Based Learning Programs

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 35938
Filed: 03/15/2012 02:20:59 PM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This rule is amended to provide updated terminology throughout the rule.

Summary of the rule or change:

The amendments provide changes to definitions and updated terminology throughout the rule.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 53A-15-202

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

There are no anticipated costs or savings to the state budget. Updated terminology throughout the rule does not result in a cost or savings.

local governments:

There are no anticipated costs or savings to local government. Updated terminology throughout the rule does not result in a cost or savings.

small businesses:

There are no anticipated costs or savings to small businesses. This rule applies to public education and does not affect businesses.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

There are no anticipated costs or savings to persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities. Updated terminology throughout the rule does not result in a cost or savings.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There are no compliance costs for affected persons. Updated terminology throughout the rule does not result in compliance costs.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

I have reviewed this rule and I see no fiscal impact on businesses.

Larry K. Shumway, State Superintendent

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

250 E 500 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-3272

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Carol Lear at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7835, by FAX at 801-538-7768, or by Internet E-mail at

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Carol Lear, Director, School Law and Legislation


R277. Education, Administration.

R277-916. [Technology, Life, and Careers, ]Career and Technical Education Introduction and Work-Based Learning Programs.

R277-916-1. Definitions.

A. "Board" means the Utah State Board of Education.

B. ["TLC" means Technology, Life, and Careers]"CTE Intro" means Career and Technical Education Introduction which is a [middle/junior high school]7th grade core curriculum course comprised of activities encouraging students to explore [careers in]college and career opportunities in Agriculture, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science[ and Health Technology], Information Technology, Marketing, Economics, and Technology and Engineering Education. Career development activities are integrated throughout the [TLC] curriculum. The [TLC]CTE Intro course is coordinated with the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance program.

[ C. "New TLC" means an advanced curriculum from the TLC program with additional practical activities. These standards apply to funding support, inservice training, curriculum development and refinement associated with the new TLC curriculum.

] [D]C. "Cone" means a group of schools whose students feed a high school and schools and agencies which interact with the high school.

[G]D. "Geographical Region" means one of the [nine educational]eight Career and Technical Education planning units: Bear River, [Ogden/Weber, Davis/Morgan,] Wasatch Front North, Wasatch Front South, Mountainland, Uintah Basin, Central, Southeast, and Southwest.

E. "LEA" means a local education agency which includes school boards/public school districts, and charter schools.

[H]F. "USOE" means the Utah State Office of Education.

[I]G. "Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU)" means the unit of measure that is computed in accordance with the Minimum School Program Act for the purpose of determining the costs of a program on a uniform basis for each [school district]LEA.

[E]H. "Work-Based Learning" (WBL) means activities that involve [actual work experience or connect classroom learning to work]teaching students a variety of skills used in business and industry through experiential career development experiences.


R277-916-2. Authority and Purpose.

A. This rule is authorized by Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision of the public education system in the Board, by Section 53A-15-202 which allows the Board to establish minimum standards for [applied technology]career and technical education programs in the public education system, and Section 53A-17a-113 which directs the Board to distribute specific amounts of funds to [school districts]LEAs.

B. This rule establishes standards and procedures for [school districts]LEAs seeking to qualify for [Technology, Life, and Careers,]Career and Technical Education Introduction and WBL Programs funds administered by the Board.


R277-916-3. Disbursement of Funds -- [Technology, Life, and Careers II Funds]Career and Technical Introduction.

A. [TLC]CTE Intro funds shall be utilized to update the [TLC]CTE Intro curriculum, purchase and maintain needed equipment and supplies, field test new [TLC]CTE Intro program modifications, and provide ongoing [inservice training]professional development for teachers, counselors, and administrators.

B. [Schools]LEAs shall meet all [TLC]CTE Intro requirements in order to receive funding.

C. [TLC]CTE Intro funds shall be allocated to [school districts]LEAs for approved schools using a base [of $4,000]amount per school.

D. Funds remaining after funds are distributed [for]under Section R277-916-3C, above, shall be distributed based on enrollment in grade 7 [of the]to approved schools based on the October 1 enrollment report for the previous year.

E. [School districts]LEAs shall annually complete a funding application with assurances of each school meeting [TLC]CTE Intro standards.

F. Personnel from each[ of the] selected school[s] shall participate in USOE training.

G. [Schools]LEAs shall receive continued USOE support and funding based on meeting established standards.

H. LEAs shall apply for funding annually.


R277-916-4. [Technology, Life, and Careers]Career and Technical Education Introduction - Standards.

A. The [Technology, Life, and Careers]Career and Technical Education Introduction funds may be used to:

(1) update the [TLC]CTE Intro curriculum;

(2) [purchase]update and maintain equipment and supplies, including consumables for the CTE Intro course;

(3) [field test and] implement new [TLC]CTE Intro program modifications; and

(4) provide [regular inservice training]support for USOE sponsored professional development activities for teachers, counselors, and administrators.

B. [School districts]LEAs may qualify for [Technology, Life, and Careers]Career and Technical Education Introduction funds [based on]consistent with the following:

(1) [TLC]CTE Intro program funds shall not be used [to pay]for personnel costs;

(2) [TLC s]Schools shall teach 180 days of [TLC]CTE Intro core curriculum as a stand alone course with distinct credit which includes the components and objectives of Agriculture, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Information Technology, Health Science[ and Health Technology], Marketing, Economics, Technology and Engineering Education, and Career Guidance and Development;

(3) All [TLC]CTE Intro teachers and counselors at the schools shall have appropriate licenses and endorsements;

(4) All [TLC]CTE Intro team members shall agree to assist in the development and implementation of new [TLC]CTE Intro activities and materials;

(5) Schools shall utilize the services of the WBL coordinator, where available, to integrate grade level appropriate work-based learning activities into [TLC]CTE Intro. Where WBL Coordinators are not available, the CTE Intro team shall plan and provide the WBL activities;

(6) Schools shall integrate grade level appropriate career development content into the [TLC]CTE Intro activities and use the services of the counselor in the program;

(7) The [school district/school]LEA shall utilize the full allocation of funds as provided under R277-916-4. The [school district/school]LEA shall support [inservice training]staff development activities necessary to the Core [TLC]CTE Intro content as adopted by the Board; and

(8) All [TLC-]CTE Intro related personnel in the school shall participate fully in evaluating the current program, recommending changes or modifications, [field]pilot testing and implementing new activities, materials, and resources.

(9) All CTE Intro related personnel in the school shall participate in annual planning and accountability for these funds.

(10) All CTE Intro related personnel shall be part of the CTE Program Approval evaluation every six years.


R277-916-5. Work-Based Learning - Disbursement of Funds.

A. All public elementary, secondary, and postsecondary/adult schools shall be aligned by cone and grouped within the [school district]LEA.

B. The proportion of total WBL funding allocated for each participating [school district]LEA shall remain the same as the previous year unless the [school district]LEA discontinues the program or [school district]LEA proportions are adjusted by the Board.

C. State appropriated WBL funds require an equal match of funds provided by participating [school districts]LEAs.


R277-916-6. Work-Based Learning - Standards.

A. WBL shall be integrated into all levels of the educational delivery system and shall be coordinated within the cones of the [school district]LEA and among regions.

B. To be eligible for WBL funds, [school districts/schools]LEAs shall[, upon request]:

(1) have the program approved by the local board.

(2) employ licensed WBL coordination personnel with salaries/benefits matched by the local recipient of funds.

(3) document that a WBL committee representing all schools within the cone has been created, is functioning effectively and regularly addresses WBL issues.

(4) [complete a cone-wide student/parent/teacher WBL needs assessment]conduct WBL activities utilizing information from business and industry, administrators, teachers, counselors, parents and students.

(5) develop work-based preparation, participation, and evaluation activities for students and teachers involved in all WBL cone activities.

(6) maintain evidence that WBL components have been integrated and coordinated with elementary career awareness, secondary career exploration, integrated core curriculum activities, [Technology, Life, and Careers,]CTE Intro and comprehensive guidance and [skills certification]counseling.

(7) maintain evidence of WBL activities developed in coordination with IEP/SEP/SEOP/504 requirements in each cone and all WBL assurances.

(8) require the inclusion of all student groups within the cone in career development and preparation.

(9) demonstrate WBL coordination with employers and with other school/community development activities.

(10) verify sufficient budget for a WBL coordinator, facilities, materials, equipment, and support staff is available.

(11) participate in initial state-sponsored WBL [C]coordination [Training]professional development and in periodic ongoing coordination and [inservice]professional development activities.

(12) require that the WBL team utilize a[ statewide] database system [to be developed by the USOE]developed by the LEA for the LEA's specific needs.

(13) participate in the CTE Program Approval evaluation every six years.


KEY: public schools, work-based learning programs

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [April 23, 2002]2012

Notice of Continuation: May 4, 2009

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: Art X Sec 3; 53A-15-202; 53A-17a-113


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