Where am I going to go...... and how am I going to get there?
Decisions you make now will impact your future. Choose courses that help you with many careers of your choice!
DID YOU KNOW?
Over 50% of the jobs that today's students will work in have not been created. CEO's of local businesses report that the following skills are lacking in today's entry level workers:
- Basic Business Conduct
- Teamwork and Cooperation
- Problem solving and decision making
- Communication skills
EMPHASIS IN THE 9TH AND 10TH GRADE:
Freshman (9th grade) attend the 9th grade Career & College Readiness Seminar class and explore the question, "Who am I?" by completing focused on learning about their own strengths, weaknesses, skills and interests. They learn to use the Naviance system by completing personality, college, and career match surveys. Additionally, students explore pathways and complete a 4-year plan with their counselor. Chances are if a freshman is in an elective course they are enjoying there is probably a pathway for that elective.
Sophomores (10th grade) focus on Career Awareness. Sophomores utilize the results from Naviance to identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations. Sophomores are encouraged to investigate many helpful applications and links that will assist them in the development of effective strategies to realize their career goals; answering the age old question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" They are also encouraged to meet with Tina Olinger, the Career Education Specialist, in the Counseling Department to discuss pathways and prospective course work. Students are eligible to begin concurrent enrollment at College of the Canyons beginning the summer following their sophomore year.
EMPHASIS IN THE 11TH AND 12TH GRADE:
Juniors (11th grade) - Where Do I Go From Here?
During the first semester, all juniors are invited to attend an all day off-campus conference called, "Connecting to Success." There is a keynote address and breakout sessions, all taught by local business leaders. Topics include:
- Ethics in the workplace
- Building Your Image
- Money Smarts
Seniors (12th grade) - How Am I Going to Get There?
Seniors focus on the transition process for post high school life, with an emphasis in post secondary education. Seniors are invited to take the "Career Exploration" class, a one semester class involving a minimum of 45 hour internship with a mentor. Career Exploration Website
During the class, students will refer back to the Naviance system and complete the personality and career match surveys, then compare and reflect on how they have changed and grown during their high school experience. Some Career Pathways require completion of this class in order to be a pathway completer. Consult the pathway adviser or Tina Olinger, Career Education Specialist in the counseling department.
There are many different PATHWAY options available to students. A pathway offers students an opportunity to concentrate on specific courses in a cluster that will reward them with a certification within completion of the desired PATHWAY. See PATHWAY adviser for complete details of specific courses required to complete the PATHWAY including internship hours.