• Career Connect Program

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    Objective:  Provide each student with an opportunity to explore different careers, speaking with individuals that hold those careers when possible, determine the skill sets and requirements expected to hold that job, explore their unique  talents, abilities, and determine the means necessary to develop the skills required through current education, post high school, and training. 

    The results of the students’ exploration will be realized through the development of a community newspaper or newsletter that is published monthly as a hard copy distributed throughout the community and an online publication.  The publication of the newsletter will involve students taking photos, writing articles with conclusions of their research, students will be offered a chance to write and produce an audio or video providing their report.   Audio and video reports will be made available on the online publication.  Students will step into the publication of the newspaper as photographers, journalists, writers, editors, and managing editor.  Students will utilize skills in electronic photo editing, word processing, publishing software, general web site development, and print medium.   Students will apply critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal skills in this endeavor.

    The Career Exploration Program is a collaborative effort between Whitefish Township Community Schools and the Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce.   The Career Exploration Coordinator will meet with students one afternoon each week, Wednesdays (Grades 2 – 5), 2:10 to 2:35 and Thursdays (Grades 6 – 12) from 2:10 PM to the end of the school day (3:15pm) in a location that includes access to several computers, specified by the school administration.  The Careers Exploration Program Curriculum is outlined below.  The course will utilize a theme process in its focus through the year.

     

    September

    National Wilderness Month

    DNR related jobs, fishery

    October

    Fire Prevention Month

    Fire and Emergency Services

    November

    Health Awareness Month

    Veterans Recognition

    Health Field Occupations

    Military Vocations

    December

    Write a Business Plan Month

    Entrepreneurship

    January

    Creativity Month

    Writers, Artists, Graphic Designers

    February

    Heart Health Month

    Medical Field

    March

    Social Work Month

    Hospitals, Social Services, Government

    April

    Landscape Architecture Month

    Architects, Horticulture

    May

    Civility Awareness Month

    Public Safety

     

    Source:   https://www.mhprofessional.com/templates/chases/special-months.php

    A preliminary sketch of the curriculum is outlined in the table that follows.  Students will communicate their findings through various means, video, PowerPoint, drawings, interviews, and written articles published in a newsletter or newspaper both printed and electronically published online.  These projects will give the students an opportunity to collaborate with each other using various software and conventional methods in producing these projects.

    FOCUS

    Grades PK - 5

    Grades 6 – 12

    SEPTEMBER – Vocabulary: Job, Occupation, Career, Skills, Job Requirements, Post High School Training, Employers, Employees

     

    Students write, report on their discoveries.  Specific vocations will be considered following themes for publication purposes.

    Ok 2 Say Mi CSI Cyber Safety Initiative

    What do you want to be when you grow up?

    What do you like to do?

    Role Play

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    Ok 2 Say Mi CSI Cyber Safety Initiative

    What do you know about jobs?

    What jobs do people that you know do?  Why do we need jobs?  Do What You Are Inventory: Explore individual attributes: skills and interest assessments

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    OCTOBER

     

    Correlate Skills and Interests to Job Required Skills and Attributes

    Why do people have jobs?

    Explore Wants, Needs

     

    Students will explore what their parents do; grandparents did and complete a family diagram.

     

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    Students will correlate their individual skills and interest assessments to plausible jobs.

    Career Interest Analysis  through a Venn Diagram

     

    Determine requirements needed to serve in the jobs the students find a good fit.  Do they need to work on their math or science skills?

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    NOVEMBER

     

    Students Communicate their Skills and Abilities

    Students will identify skills and abilities they have then compare those skills and abilities to jobs that might interest them.

     

    Identify research jobs that fit the month’s theme.

    Students will develop a resume.

     

    Students will complete a cover letter.  Students will develop a notebook with to keep this information.

     

    Identify research jobs that fit the month’s theme.

    DECEMBER

     

    Students identify and correlate skill development in their class work to their training for employment.

    Students are to connect their skill building in school to skills needed for jobs.

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    Students will complete a job application, both written and on the computer.

     

    Set up a field trip to Skills Training Facility.

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    JANUARY  

     

    Students begin the process of putting together a plan, portfolio.

    Prepare for Job Shadow Day, Feb 2.   Job Shadow their parent? Grandparent? 

     

    Students will go through a simplified job interview – be able to introduce themselves, talk a little about themselves as to their skills and abilities.  Shake hands, sit down, and share a bit.

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    What type of training do I need for the job I might consider?  Research colleges, post secondary education, what type of training do they offer for this job.

     

    Students will prepare for a job interview.  Understand the basics of the job interview. Go through a mock interview.

     

    Prepare for Job Shadow Day, Feb 2.  Link students with a member in the community to be on that job with them for half a day.

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    FEBRUARY

     

     

    Developing Job Experience.  Encourage students to keep an open mind to different jobs.  Jobs they might pursue may not even exist today.  How do they prepare for this?

    Job Shadow Day, 2/2/16

    Students share about that experience.

     

    Guest Speaker to share about their job.

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    Job Shadow Day, 2/2/16

    Students share about that experience.

     

    What type of experience can I develop for a job interests me? Look into part-time jobs, internships, volunteer work

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    MARCH

     

     

    Students put together a plan for training both now and after high school.

     

    Guest Speaker to share about their job.

     

    Students should be able to talk or share about a couple of different jobs, why they like them or don’t.  What they need to do to prepare for those jobs.

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    Students research the costs for developing skills.  How much will it cost for them to get post secondary training? Then research grants, loans to go to school.  How will they pay for this training?

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    APRIL 

     

    Students correlate their experience and training for future employment.

     

    Guest Speaker to share about their job.

     

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    Students will develop a plan to pursue their job interest.

     

    Students that hope to complete an internship or job in the summer are to reach out to pursue those goals.

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    MAY  

     Students should be able to share information about jobs.  Jobs that interest them, why or why not they would want to that job and how might they prepare for a job.

    Students share

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    Students will produce the entire newspaper.

     

    Identify and research a job that fits this month’s theme.

    Proposal submitted, September 2015