The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


Career-technical education is designed to provide career and technical education experiences. These experiences will complement and reinforce academic concepts that are particularly amenable to contextualized learning in a distinct career area and provide occupationally specific skills.

Career-Technical and Education Program

The School Board shall provide a career-technical education program that includes, but is not limited to:

 A.job preparatory courses designed to provide students with the competencies necessary for effective entry into an occupation;

 B.exploratory courses designed to give students initial exposure to skills and attitudes associated with a broad range of occupations in order to assist them in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals;

 C.practical arts courses designed to teach students practical generic skills which, although applicable in some occupations, are not designed to prepare students for entry into an occupation; education instruction which is designed to strengthen and integrate basic academic skills and career-technical skills and occupational awareness; and

 E.accelerated career-technical programs such as career dual enrollment designed to enable high school students to earn elective credit toward graduation and postsecondary credit toward an A.S. degree or a technical certificate.

Any effort to recruit students to participate in a particular career-technical program shall follow applicable State and Federal laws regarding provision of information.

Career and Professional Academies

The Superintendent may develop workplace education and training programs as part of the career-technical education curriculum, which may include the establishment of Career and Professional Education (CAPE) academies as research based programs that integrate a rigorous academic curriculum with an industry-driven career curriculum. Multiple academies may be established according to Florida law. Each CAPE academy must:

 A.provide a rigorous standards-based academic curriculum integrated with a career curriculum;

 B.include one or more partnerships with postsecondary institutions, business, industry, employers, or other appropriate partners;

 C.provide creative and tailored student advisement;

 D.provide a career education certification on the high school diploma;

 E.provide instruction in high growth, high demand, and high pay careers;

 F.provide instruction resulting in competency, certification, or credentials;

 G.provide opportunities for students to receive Ready to Work Certification and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award;

 H.include an evaluation plan developed jointly with the Department of Education and the local workforce board;

 I.include a plan to sustain career and professional education academies;

 J.redirect appropriated career funding to career and professional education academies.

Cooperative education programs are available to high school students without regard to sex, race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, marital status, disability, age, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, gender identification, social and family background, linguistic preference, and pregnancy. The Superintendent shall ensure that application forms for cooperative education programs contain a notice of nondiscrimination. The notice of nondiscrimination shall be part of the application forms provided to employers.

Procedures for program operation that comply with applicable labor laws are incorporated in the Florida Department of Education, Curriculum Frameworks, and Student Performance Standards.

F.S. 450.081, 1001.42, 1003.01, 1003.4156, 1003.428, 1003.493, 1004.99
F.S. 1009.536
29 U.S.C. 201-219
F.A.C. 6A-6.301 through 6A-6.371, 6A-6.672, 6A-14.37