College & Career Readiness
“To ensure that every child is a graduate, we need multiple pathways to connect rigorous academic standards to real-world learning experiences. Some of those pathways need to reach students when school is not in session. High quality programs after school, before school and during the summer make a real impact on a student’s ability to achieve.” Tony Evers, Ph.D., Indiana State
Our College & Career Readiness program curriculum adheres to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Curriculum, which is outlined below:
The career development process is unique to every person and evolves throughout one’s life. Students will use decision-making and problem-solving skills for college and career planning. Students will explore valid, reliable educational and career information to learn more about themselves and their interests and abilities. Students integrate skills from academic subjects, information technology, and interpersonal communication to make informed decisions. This program is designed to guide students through the process of investigation and in the development of a college and career readiness achievement plan. Students will use interest inventory software or other tools available to explore college and career areas of personal interest. Students will use this information to explore educational requirement for various colleges and a variety of chosen career paths. (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills curriculum)
Students will explore all of the career clusters. Students will complete a career interest assessment and from the results be able to identify career clusters of interest to them. Students will recognize the importance of educational achievement and performance to the attainment of personal and career goals. Students will investigate a career within a pathway of interest and describe associated education/training programs (e.g., high school career paths and courses, college majors, and apprenticeship programs).
College and Career Preparedness
Students will investigate a career within a pathway of interest and describe associated education/training programs (e.g., high school career paths and courses, college majors, and apprenticeship programs). Students will explore and compare several postsecondary options including employment, military, continuing education/training, apprenticeship, etc. based on student-developed criteria. Students will learn about and practice test-taking strategies for common examinations, SAT®, ACT®, ASVAB®, and Texas Success Initiative (TSI®), used for entrance into selected postsecondary opportunities.
Students will identify interests, abilities, aptitudes, values, and personality traits as they relate to career planning, to develop a keen understanding of the value and benefit of work, and to differentiate between jobs and careers. Students will recognize the importance of educational achievement and performance to the attainment of personal and career goals. Students will demonstrate the importance of positive work ethics and soft skills in relation to educational and career success including, but not limited to, appearance, attendance, attitude, character, communication, cooperation, organizational skills, productivity, respect, honesty, motivation, creativity, leadership, critical thinking, risk-taking, flexibility, questioning, and problem-solving, and teamwork. Students will understand the purpose and benefits of membership in career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) and professional associations as well as the advantages of participation in co-curricular, extracurricular, career preparation, and extended learning experiences.