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COURSE PLANNING IN HIGH SCHOOL & POSTSECONDARY A GUIDE FOR GRADES 11-12. CAREER GUIDANCE WASHINGTON. MAKE THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL. Use the rest of your time in high school wisely Make a High School & Beyond Plan based on your goals Research postsecondary programs

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Career guidance washington

COURSE PLANNING IN

HIGH SCHOOL & POSTSECONDARY

A GUIDE FOR GRADES 11-12

CAREER GUIDANCE

WASHINGTON


Make the most of high school

MAKE THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL

  • Use the rest of your time in high school wisely

  • Make a High School & Beyond Plan based on your goals

  • Research postsecondary programs

  • Take the courses you need to be admitted to postsecondary


Explore your interests

EXPLORE YOUR INTERESTS

Choose a Career Cluster


Choose careers to explore

CHOOSE CAREERS TO EXPLORE

  • Research different careers:

    • WA Career Bridge

    • Career interviews

    • Job shadows, internships

  • Learn about the postsecondary education you need

  • Plan the courses you need to prepare

  • Make the most of junior and senior years


What education will you need

WHAT EDUCATION WILL YOU NEED?

  • Learn what education you will need after high school:

    • No education after high school(will limit what you can do)

    • Apprenticeship

    • 6 month-1 year certificate

    • Two-year AA/AS degree

    • Four-year BA/BS degree

    • Postgraduate degree (MD, JD, MBA…)


Which courses to take

WHICH COURSES TO TAKE?

  • During junior year, plan your courses for senior year

  • Your courses should meet:

    • High school graduation requirements

    • Postsecondary admission requirements

  • During senior year, apply for postsecondary programs and research majors and courses


Graduation requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

*Note: Districts may seek an extension to 2018 for some parts of the 2016 requirements.


Junior senior timeline

JUNIOR – SENIOR TIMELINE

  • Find classes to prepare for your postsecondary and career goals

  • Choose the most rigorous courses you can: AP, IB, CTE, dual credit

  • Plan courses around your goals and interests

  • Apply for postsecondary during fall of senior year


Advanced courses

ADVANCED COURSES

  • Take as many years of math and science as possible

  • Take honors, AP, or IB classes that cover advanced material

  • Take electives that let you build skills (orchestra, band, art, metalworking, etc.)


Career prep cte classes

CAREER PREP (CTE) CLASSES

  • Preparation for career & postsecondary options

  • High academic standards

  • Emerging fields, including:

    • Health Sciences

    • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

    • Construction


Cte skills centers

CTE SKILLS CENTERS

  • Regional high schools for CTE classes

  • Attend regular high school half day, Skills Center half day

  • Skills Center programs include:

    • Computer programming

    • Firefighting

    • Audio Production

    • Culinary Arts

    • Health Care

    • Construction

    • Marketing


Cte stem

CTE – STEM

  • STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  • Includes Biotechnology, Agriculture Technology, Nanotechnology, several areas of Engineering, and other technologies

  • STEM helps students USE science, technology and math to solve real world problems


Dual credit programs

DUAL CREDIT PROGRAMS

  • Some courses give high school AND college credit

  • Courses may be at your high school or community college

  • Many CTE courses offer dual credit


Dual credit ap

DUAL CREDIT: AP

  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses can help you earn college credit in high school

  • End-of-year exam determines if you qualify

  • Some AP courses pair with CTE classes:

    • Computer Programming

    • Commercial Art/Studio Art

    • Environmental Science


Dual credit tech prep

DUAL CREDIT: TECH PREP

  • Tech Prep courses can help you earn college credit in high school

  • Prepare for an apprenticeship or save college tuition

  • Courses include:

    • Horticulture

    • Environmental Science

    • Automotive Technology

    • Digital Communications

    • Accounting/Business

    • Health Science

    • Veterinary Medicine


Dual credit running start

DUAL CREDIT: RUNNING START

  • Take courses at community college while you’re a high school student

  • Nearly any subject is available

  • Prepare for college or a career

  • Talk with your high school counselor for more information


What s next

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Set a plan for your final years of high school

  • Take the courses you need for:

    • Graduation requirements

    • Postsecondary admission requirements

  • Ask about advanced, CTE, and dual credit classes

  • Research postsecondary opportunities


Course plan for senior year

COURSE PLAN FOR SENIOR YEAR

If you are going to college next year, what types of courses will you take?


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