2013-14 Unit Plan
Special Education

Mission Statement

To provide a variety of educational classes for adults with substantial disabilities through Instructional Service Agreements with the Work Training Center, Inc.

Program Description

The Special Education courses 306, 308, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 316, 318, 320, 321, 322 delivered at nine Work Training Center facilities generate 745 FTES.  The Work Activity Center vocation programs are offered the Special Education 306 course.  The Day Activity Center life skills programs are offered  Special Education 308, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 316 and 318 courses. The Indepentent Living skills programs are offered Special Education 320, 321 and 322 courses. 

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

The 2012 Special Education program level student learning outcome assessment analysis was completed in September 2012. The standard process has been scheduled for annual review in the month of September for the courses and objectives of the programs delivered at each facility.   

Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale
    A standard annual assessment schedule provides a specific timeline to benchmark performance and serve as a feedback mechanism to identify strengths and areas of improvement. 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2

    For continuous process improvement daily student schedules will be modified to deliver four hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.  The modification will significantly reduce the amount of rosters created and improve the quality of instruction.

    Initiatives
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    The modification decreases hours processing rosters performed by Contract Education and WTC staff and decreases the amount of data entries performed by Admissions and Records.  

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3

    Student hours will be decreased from Special Education course 320 and added to Special Education course 306.   

    Initiatives
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    The reallocated hours are necessary to serve the growth of the vocational programs and align with the strategic direction of Butte College.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 4

    Continue to create awareness of the Work Training Center off campus instructional activites with other departments on main campus.  Instructor, Julie Nuzum will continue to serve on the DSPS advisory board and participate in campus related activities. 

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    To create opportunities to share resources and identify student activites available for off campus Special Education students to participate.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 5

    Compliance auditing and oversite commendations and recommendations reported and reviewed with WTC management will be issued to the new WTC Executive Director.   

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    The report will notify the new Executive Director of necessary corrective actions and create awareness of how the Work Training Center is maintaining the sixteen points of compliance associated with the Bute College Instructional Service Agreement.  

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 6

    A Butte College instructor manual will be created and issued to the contracted Work Training Center instructor during the employee orientation.  In addition, the Day Activity programs will receive revised lesson plans and new manuals for each course.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    The manual is one of the sixteen points of Instructional Service Agreement compliance.  The manual will set expectations of the roles and resonsibilities for the contracted Work Training Center instructors providing Butte College instruction. 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 7

    SPE Course outlines and lesson plans will be enhanced by providing written examples of student assignments for each subtopic under "Examples of Assignments". 

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale
    The examples will improve understanding for the students and instructor with specific expectations of each course.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 8

    Develop a career transfer support program to assist students transitioning from the WTC program to main campus educational and employment opportunities.  The program will assist our Special Education student with course selection, financial aid options, availble transportation, tutorial support and employment opportunities.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    The program goal is to increase awareness and more effectively assist Special Education students with academic growth opportunitites at Butte College.  

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Required Resources

    No additional resoucres needed.  Maintain all exisiting resources after the 2013 budget reduction of the Contract Specialist salary. 

    Current Revenue Stream

    District Funds generated by FTE noncredit apportionment.

    Augmentation Requests

    None