DCT Instructor: Dr. Heller
Diversified Career Technology (DCT) was created in 1933 in Jacksonville
as Cooperative Vocational Education (CVE) by Robert D. Dolley. As the
director of Vocational Education for Duval County, Dolley was interested
in developing a program that balanced vocational guidance, practical
work experience, and general academic class work. Only those students
with good grades, good moral and civic reputations, and who were dependable,
honest, and willing to work were accepted into DCT. In 1937, Dolley
became Floridas supervisor for trade and industrial education
and took the program to the state level, renaming it Diversified Cooperative
Training. In 1997 the name was changed to Diversified Career Technology.
Over 60 years later, DCT is still going strong with over 10,000 students
throughout the state of Florida.
|Mission of DCT
- A critical, challenging discipline of study.
- Provide cooperative environment conducive to developing students
as motivated, self- disciplined individuals.
- Deliver a curriculum of academic challenges, skill development,
and career-related learning.
- Develop caring, responsible, lifelong learners.
- Prepare graduates who are flexible and committed to technical
- Instill social, leadership, and problem-solving skills.
|Major Skills/Concepts: The purpose of this program
is to provide students with "student-centered" (as opposed
to "teacher-related") selected occupational skills through
employment related instruction and paid , on-the-job training supervised
by the employer and teacher/coordinator. This method of delivery
is not intended for supplemental vocational course instruction and
shall not be claimed for supplemental FTE purposes.
Employment related instruction is in-school instruction which develops
competencies in health, safety, environmental issues, professional,
legal, ethnic issues, finance, leadership skills, communication
skills; labor and human resource issues.
- Training Agreement
- Outlines responsibilities of employer, student, parent/guardian,
- Could include student's name, address, telephone number, date
of birth, age, and social security number.
- Could also include date employment began, starting rate of
pay, job title, employer's name, address, and telephone number,
name of student's work supervisor, conditions of employment,
and an equal opportunity statement.
- Should be signed by student, parent/guardian, teacher/coordinator,
- Training Plan
- Lists attitudes, knowledge, and competencies/skills student
is to focus on during term of employment.
- Documents safety instruction.
- Should be signed by employer, student, parent/guardian, and
- District Supervisor, employer, student, and teacher/coordinator
should each retain a copy.
- The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), of which the
- Law is a part, provides rules and regulations that govern
- Employment of minors.
- Working relationship between minors and their employers.
- Minimum wage.
- Overtime pay.