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CAREER READINESS & EXPLORATION

 

 

The Career Readiness and Exploration Design Team was charged with framing a comprehensive, sequential curriculum designed to ensure all students, starting in kindergarten:

  • Explore a variety of career pathways

  • Assess their own personal strengths, interests and abilities

  • Develop a general understanding of “what it means to work”

  • Accumulate 21st Century skills

  • Develop their soft skills (social/emotional skills)

  • Consider all career and post-secondary training and credentialing options

The Design Team worked with specific community-based data points in mind, including:

28%

of Kalamazoo County eighth-graders

select “professional athlete, artist or animator” as their top career choice.

63%

of Kalamazoo County Graduates

have not earned any credential in six years following high school.

70%

of American employees

are disengaged at work.

*Specific data and statistical sourcing can be found in the official Community Report.

Career Readiness & Exploration (K – 12th Grade)

Awareness (K-5th Grades)

Exploration (6th-8th Grades)

Preparation (9th-12th Grades)

Students will be aware of:

  • What work is

  • Career pathways

  • Their personal interests

  • Readiness skills

Students will explore:

  • 2-3 career pathways of interest

  • Education development planning

  • Personal strengths related to career paths

  • Readiness skill badging

Students will experience:

  • Career pathway opportunities

  • Education development planning

  • Intro to/enroll in CTE/early college programs

  • Employability training

  • Readiness skill badging

Educators will incorporate:

  • Concept of work

  • Career pathways

  • Student interests

  • Readiness skills

Educators will integrate:

  • Community-based projects to curriculum

  • Personalized career lessons

  • Students’ strengths and readiness skills

Educators will increase:

  • Career relevant content

  • Strength/competency-based learning

  • Awareness/intro to CTE/early college programs

  • Classes related to readiness skills

Families will be introduced to:

  • Career pathways

  • Career awareness activities

  • Child’s interests

  • Readiness Skills

Families will be offered training for:

  • Career pathway exploration

  • Strength-based communication

  • Readiness skills communication

Educators will increase:

  • Attend career pathway experiences

  • Attend student strength-lead events

  • Promote CTE/early college programs

  • Encourage skill badge obtainment

Community organizations will begin:

  • Pathway partnerships

  • Understanding interests

  • Supporting readiness skills language

Community organizations will expand:

  • Pathway partnerships

  • Use of strengths with students

  • Use of readiness skills language

Community organizations will utilize:

  • Opportunities for students to engage/learn

  • Strengths as part of job-seeking process

  • Readiness skills badging system