“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

Unit 1: Career Clusters

 

During this unit, 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).

Unit 3: Professional Development

 

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.

Unit 4: Employability Skills

 

This unit explores the professional standards and employability skills required by business and industry. Students will demonstrate the following job-seeking skills: writing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, finding and pursuing employment leads, selecting/using references, and interviewing for a job. Students will grow to understand that responsibility, time management, organization, positive attitude, teamwork and good character have a large impact on employability and job retention.