There are two main templates that I work with - one with a subtitle for the standard and one without. The centering on the vertical text doesn't (in my experience) work, so I just have to play with the size of the parbox to make that work, but everything else renders pretty easily.

Edit: Thanks to Aaron Titus for pointing out two necessary inclusions:

\usepackage{multirow}

\usepackage{graphicx}

No subtitle:

{\footnotesize \begin{tabular}{| p{.7 cm} | p{1.7 cm} | p{13 cm} | }

\hline

\multirow{8}{*}

{\rotatebox[origin=c]{90}{\parbox{22 mm}{{\large{\bf Friction }}}}}

&Core Skills & Identify situations in which friction forces are present and understand the microscopic model of friction forces\\ \cline{3-3}

& & Differentiate between static and kinetic friction \\ \cline{2-3}

& \multirow{2}{*}{\parbox{1.7cm}{Proficiency Indicators}} & Determine the direction of the friction force \\ \cline{3-3}

& & Use an appropriate expression for the magnitude of the friction force \\ \cline{3-3}

& & Understand the relationships among normal force, friction force and friction coefficients \\ \cline{3-3}

& & Solve problems using friction \\ \cline{2-3}

& \multirow{1}{*}{\parbox{1.7cm}{Adv. Ind.}} & Solve complex friction problems, including banked curves (not at design speed) \\ \cline{2-3}

\hline

\end{tabular} }

\vspace{2 mm}

{\footnotesize \begin{tabular}{| p{.15 cm} p{.15 cm} | p{1.7 cm} | p{13 cm} | }

\hline

\multirow{8}{*}

{\rotatebox[origin=c]{90}{\parbox{32 mm}{{\large{\bf UFPM }}}}}

&\multirow{8}{*}

{\rotatebox[origin=c]{90}{{\parbox{50 mm}{\scriptsize \centering Unbalanced Force Particle Model}}}} &Core Skills & Recognize when the forces on an object or system are not balanced from observation, graphs, equations, or descriptions of the motion \\ \cline{4-4}

& & & Identify the presence and directions of normal, tension, and weight forces \\ \cline{4-4}

& & & Draw a force diagram (FBD) accurately showing directions and types of forces acting on an object or system \\ \cline{4-4}

& & & Write net force equations describing an object or system; they should indicate that the forces are not balanced in the appropriate dimension(s) \\ \cline{3-4}

& & \multirow{2}{*}{\parbox{1.7cm}{Proficiency Indicators}} & Draw FBD correctly indicating that forces are not balanced; recognize same \\ \cline{4-4}

& & & Choose and consistently apply workable direction(s) of positive \\ \cline{4-4}

& & & Correctly apply Newton's 3rd law \\ \cline{4-4}

& & & Choose appropriate axes for force analysis \\ \cline{4-4}

& & & Solve problems using net force equations and/or FBD \\ \cline{3-4}

\hline

\end{tabular} }

\vspace{2 mm}