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(1) The career and technical education standards for ninth through twelfth grades are that each student will: 

(a) act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee:

(i)  engage in positive, safe, legal, and ethical behavior; and

(ii)  model industry-identified, career-ready skills;

(b) apply appropriate academic and technical skills:

(i)  compose clear and coherent documents and presentations appropriate to task, purpose, and audience;

(ii)  demonstrate knowledge of mathematical operations needed to succeed in a selected Career Pathway;

(iii)  apply appropriate scientific methods in qualitative and quantitative analysis in a selected Career Pathway;

(c) attend to personal health and financial well-being:

(i)  evaluate validity of health and financial information, products, and services;

(ii)  analyze financial practices including budgeting, banking, savings, investments;

(iii)  explain significance in achieving personal and business short and long term goals; and

(iv)  develop financial goals based on lifestyle expectations, education plans, and career choices;

(d) communicate clearly, effectively, and with reason:

(i)  model integrity, ethical leadership, and effective employability skills in all communication;

(ii)  evaluate and use information systems to prepare technical documents for the workplace;

(iii)  model appropriate strategies for communicating persuasively in professional settings to effectively interact with individuals from various cultural, ethnic, and language backgrounds; and

(iv)  employ awareness of world cultures and languages in work-based learning opportunities;

(e) consider the environmental, social, and economic impacts of decisions:

(i)  design and construct safe working environments according to government and industry standards;

(ii)  create plans and policies that reflect deep understanding of individual histories and societal complexities in a work environment; and

(iii)  integrate personal protective equipment use regularly in necessary


(f) demonstrate creativity and innovation:

(i)  design and implement an innovation; and

(ii)  evaluate peer innovations and provide feedback;

(g) employ valid and reliable research strategies:

(i)  use evidence from multiple sources to defend a position;

(ii)  determine various research methodologies based on a defined problem/purpose; and

(iii)  identify research protocols required to ensure legality, validity, and reliability;

(h)  utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them:

(i)  devise forecasts or solutions to problems that reflect analysis of trends;

(ii)  utilize understanding of resources and culture to devise collaborative solutions to problems; and

(iii)  utilize multiple resources to test and refine solutions to a problem;

(i)  model integrity, ethical leadership, and effective management:

(i)  apply laws, regulations, and policies to personnel situations that help employees perform their jobs according to employer rules and expectations;

(ii)  apply insight to positively influence others’ actions, attitudes, and beliefs based on the needs of the workplace; and

(iii)  create and modify procedures to most effectively function within laws, regulations, and policies;

(j)  plan education and career path aligned to personal goals:

(i)  execute a program of study following a Career Pathway, evaluating the opportunities for personal and professional lifelong learning;

(ii)  explore the benefits of having a personal or career mentor;

(iii)  construct and complete resumes, applications, and other necessary work-related documents;

(iv)  evaluate job descriptions that align to a selected Career Pathway and the necessary skill set; and

(v)  prepare and practice for, and demonstrate skills needed for job interviews in a selected Career Pathway;

(k)  use technology to enhance productivity:

(i)  describe how job market changes have resulted from scientific advancements and the increased use of technology in the global economy;

(ii)  evaluate the purpose of technology tools and multimedia to analyze their impact on productivity in homes, schools, and workplaces;

(iii)  safely and ethically use current industry-standard and emerging technologies; and

(iv)  model appropriate communication and technological skills to seek, obtain, and change jobs/careers; and

(l)  work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence by collaborating to address geographic, economic, cultural, or political issues considering multiple perspective.


History: Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-2-121, MCA; IMP, Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-2-121, 20-3-106, 20-7-101, MCA; NEW, 2020 MAR p. 2136, Eff. 7/1/21.

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