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NLPS Review Document: Full Document

The NLPS Review Document provides a complete overview of each Next Level Program of Study, including each 4-course sequence, the postsecondary courses at Ivy Tech and Vincennes each NLPS course has been aligned to, and the key competencies for each of those courses.

Completed course standards and competencies were added to the latest version of the document that is linked above. The updated version was released on April 9th and public comments are being accepted on individual competencies through June 1st. This public comment period is to help identify competencies that require additional clarification or to identify any inaccuracies. Comments can be shared via this form.

The updated version of the document also contains other changes stemming from the standards development process. Highlights of these changes were shared in the April 9th Office of CTE bi-weekly update available here. Individuals are encouraged to ensure they are utilizing the latest version of the NLPS Review Document when referencing it as a resource for NLPS implementation.

NLPS Frequently Asked Questions: Full Document

The NLPS FAQ provides information regarding many of the common questions received through the beginning stages of NLPS implementation. The document will continue to be built out as new questions arise. Questions regarding current content or suggestions for future additions can be directed to CTE@gov.IN.gov.

Perkins V Pathways w/current courses vs. w/NLPS courses: Master Pathway Document

When transitioning to Next Level Programs of Study, schools and career centers will still utilize Perkins V pathways. The Master Pathway List provides a side-by-side comparison of Perkins V pathways with current courses vs. Perkins V pathways with NLPS courses. The document has been recently updated to reflect changes made during the standards development process. NLPS course title changes in the updated document are denoted in red.

Program Categorizations and Funding Levels: 2021-2022 NLPS Funding Memo

The NLPS funding memo details funding information for NLPS courses available in the 2021-2022 school year. Funding information for current CTE courses can be found in the regular funding memo passed by the State Board of Education in December.

NLPS Assignment Codes: Draft Version

This document provides teacher assignment codes for all NLPS courses. The current version is a draft and will be finalized soon.

Available Courses for 2021-2022: Course List

Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, schools and career centers have the opportunity to utilize Next Level Programs of Study (NLPS) courses. The Course List overviews the entire list of new NLPS courses and is sorted by cluster (advanced manufacturing, health sciences, etc.).

2021-2022 Indiana CTE Career Guide: Online Version

The Career Guide is a valuable resource for information about Next Level Programs of Study. It also includes a variety of other information relevant to CTE, including Work-Based Learning, Graduation Pathways, and Career Clusters. The Career Guide is designed to be used by students, parents, and school counselors, but can be helpful to anyone who is involved in CTE. 

NLPS Implementation Workshops: Workshop Link, Workshop Presentation

Throughout December and January of 2020, the Office of CTE held implementation workshops for schools and career centers interested in implementing NLPS courses in the 2021-2022 school year. A recording and a slide deck from one of the implementation workshops is linked above.

NLPS Instructor Webinars: Webinar Link, Webinar Presentation

Office of CTE staff held several workshops for instructors in April of 2021. A recording and a slide deck from one of the instructor workshops is available above.

NLPS Webinar: Webinar Link, Webinar Presentation

The above webinar took place in November of 2020. The webinar's goal was to provide relevant information to assist schools and career centers with determining whether they planned to opt-in to providing NLPS courses in the 2021-2022 school year.

Questions: Any questions related to Next Level Programs of Study can be sent to CTE@gov.IN.gov. You are also welcome to request a time for our team to connect with any members of your school/career center through a video call.


Other Information: 

The definition of a CTE Concentrator is a student must earn a C average in at least two non-duplicative advanced courses within a particular program or program of study. Though current high school students are grandfathered under the previous CTE Concentrator definition – earning at least 6 high school credits in a career sequence – schools may opt to use this new definition of two courses for their current students.

Use for the Six Credit Definition (Perkins IV)

Use for the Two Advanced Course Completion Definition (Perkins V)

Guidance for Schools Pursuing Perkins IV or Perkins V Concentrator Status

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