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career planning and development

Career Planning and Development

Arkansas Dept of Workforce Education

Office of Career Guidance, Exploration, and Preparation

arkansas act 730
Arkansas Act 730

The Arkansas College and

Career Readiness Planning Program

Requires “consistent precollege readiness assessments to increase successful student transitions into postsecondary education” And,

Measure student readiness for future learning without remediation to improve college and workforce readiness

consistent career readiness results in successful employment from
Consistent career readiness results in successful employment from:
  • Consistent career guidance and exploration
  • Consistent career employability training
  • Consistent Career Portfolio Development
  • Consistent education in the SMART Core Curriculum (college preparation)
  • Consistent career planning with career preparation
the 2010 meltdown solving the impending job crisis
The 2010 Meltdown Solving the Impending Job Crisis
  • 47% of job applicants lacked the reading, writing and math skills for the jobs they sought
  • 73% of US employers cited “very” or “somewhat” difficulty hiring qualified workers
  • 40% said applicants have poor or no employment skills
u s literacy woes
U.S. Literacy Woes
  • 50% of current workers had serious reading, writing, and math skills
  • 5% of all American adults speak English so poorly they cannot hold a high-paying job
  • 90 million Americans face higher health risks because their low literacy leads to trouble understanding medical terms
  • $60 billion per year is lost in productivity
assessing the pipeline to america s workforce
Assessing the Pipeline to America’s Workforce
  • More than 50% of employers couldn't find qualified applicants for entry-level jobs
  • Over 50% of adults are unhappy in their jobs
  • A 2004 Gallup poll indicated that more than 55% of people in the workforce were not engaged in their work
  • An estimated 80% are underemployed
where are the students
Where are the students?
  • Arkansas has a 69% adjusted graduation rate from those who began the 9th grade
  • Between the 8th grade and the 11th-12th grades (where most college and career planning is being done) many students have already dropped out
  • Highest number of GED recipients are in the 16-17 age range

Increasing the high school and college graduation rate of male students in Arkansas by only five percent could lead to a combined savings and revenue of almost $77 million each year by reducing crime-related costs (Alliance for Excellent Education, June 2007).

where are the boys
Where are the Boys

According to Arkansas’ Kuder data

There are 12% more girls in the 11th and 12th grades compared to a 50/50 ratio in the 8th grade.

According to Ark Dept of Higher Ed

There are about 10% more girls graduating than boys from 4-year universities.

arkansas dwe white papers
Arkansas DWE White Papers

If Arkansas’ high schools and colleges raise the graduation rates of Hispanic, African-American, and Native-American students to the levels of white students by 2020, the potential increase in personal income would add more than $785 million to the state economy.

If Arkansas’ likely dropouts from the class of 2006 graduated instead, the state could save more than $94 million in Medicaid and expenditures for uninsured care over the course of those young people’s lifetimes.
1/3 of college students leave after their first year in college

Almost 50% of college students never graduate

30% of college students leave school at the end of their first year and another 30% take five or six years to earn their degree

Dropouts from the class of 2006 cost the state more than $2.7 billion in lost wages, taxes, and productivity over their lifetimes

the institute of education and the economy concluded
The Institute of Education and the Economy Concluded:
  • Many different types of career guidance interventions are effective
  • Career development activities positively influence school attendance and completion
  • Simple planning will help students connect their goals and steps to reach them
results from lapan gysbers and sun concluded students in missouri
Results from Lapan, Gysbers, and Sun concluded students in Missouri:
  • Make better grades
  • Have more college and career information
  • Believe their school has a positive climate
  • Feel middle school is safer
  • Have a better relationship with their teachers
  • Are more satisfied with their education
a hstw study concluded
A HSTW study concluded:
  • Students who completed a 4-year high school plan increased math test scores
  • Students spent more time talking with counselors
  • Math, science and reading scores improved
  • Career guidance increased college-prep math and science classes
information is vital 2010 meltdown by edward gordon
Information is Vital2010 Meltdown by Edward Gordon
  • Schools can help students by helping their parents
  • Career aptitude and personal interest assessments need to be provided in middle schools
  • Future workers need higher quality education which integrates arts and sciences with emerging technology
improve the quality of career planning interventions provided to students
Improve the quality of career planning interventions provided to students
  • To help students meet personal goals
  • To help students successfully transition through the educational system smoothly

and efficiently

  • To help students graduate successfully
  • To help students become employable with employability skills and industry certifications
  • To help students successfully reach career goals
career exploration and planning interventions in middle and junior high schools
Career Exploration and PlanningInterventions in Middle and Junior High Schools
  • Kuder Galaxy (provided to 50 elementary schools)
  • Career Orientation (8th grade requirement to explore the world of work and assess self)
  • Kuder Navigator with assessments

-Interests, Skills & Values with a Person Match

  • ACT Explore (Interest and aptitude for learning resulting in the World of Work Map with clusters and pathways)
  • Career Development Portfolio (state required 4-year+ planning with parental involvement )
high school interventions
High School Interventions
  • Keystone (9th grade transition elective)
  • Kuder (10th grade re-assessment after exploration)
  • ACT Plan (Improved academic achievement, career preparation, and post-high school planning)
    • Or PSAT (Individual strengths and weakness on college readiness skills)**Arkansas State Law 2010-2011**
  • Workplace Readiness (11th-12th grade elective using KeyTrain to prepare students for WorkKeys)
  • Work-based Learning (JAG, Internship & Youth Apprenticeship electives)
keytrain in secondary schools
KeyTrain in Secondary Schools
  • Students in Workplace Readiness will be required to use KeyTrain to prepare for the ACT WorkKeys Assessments.
  • Work-based learning programs including Internship and JAG will allow students to use KeyTrain in schools where Workplace Readiness is not being offered.
workkeys implementation
WorkKeys Implementation
  • Dept of Workforce Services contracted with Thinking Media to provide KeyTrain to dislocated workers and high school students in grades 11 and 12.
  • ACT WorkKeys assessments were purchased to provide job seekers with the CRC credential.
where do we begin
Where do we begin?
  • Assess current knowledge with KeyTrain pretests
  • Identify occupational needs for career goal
  • Assign KeyTrain lessons so the student can work at their own pace to the level they need to achieve
  • Bridge the gap between being unemployable and being hirable.
workkeys identifies skill gaps
WorkKeys Identifies Skill Gaps

By comparing the job profile and individual assessment results, skills gaps can be identified


Skills Gap




Skills Gap







Individual Results







Job Profile



Reading for




job seekers
Job Seekers
  • Must score at least a level 4 on the KeyTrain in Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information.
  • Must also register with the Arkansas Job Links
  • Instructor refers KeyTrain completers to a two-year community college for the WorkKeys assessment
  • Career Readiness Certificates are then awarded to students receiving the Bronze, Silver or Gold Certificate.
arkansas career readiness certificates
Arkansas Career Readiness Certificates
  • The state has awarded a total of 10,912 certificates signed by the Governor of Arkansas and the Department of Workforce Services
  • 2,907   Gold      (27%)
  • 5,886   Silver    (54%)
  • 2,119   Bronze  (19%)
arkansasatwork org arkansas career readiness certificate
ArkansasAtWork.orgArkansas Career Readiness Certificate

Governor’s Initiative Video Spot


“We must have a career ready workforce”

Radio Spot



sum of all the parts for a career ready workforce
Sum of all the Parts for a Career Ready Workforce
  • Career Guidance, Exploration & Preparation
  • Career Development Facilitator
  • Career Development Portfolios
  • Kuder (ArkansasWorks)
  • ACT Explore, Plan and WorkKeys
  • Placement and completion in CTE programs of study
  • KeyTrain(ArkansasAtWork)
  • Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate
career development facilitators
Career Development Facilitators

A (CDF) is a person who has been specially trained to work with students or dislocated workers to assist with vocational and educational planning, assessments, and workforce preparation from middle school through postsecondary education and the adult workforce.

positions for which cdf s could be trained for
Positions for which CDF’s could be trained for

Student Career Development Coach

Career Action Plan Program Facilitator

School Career Guidance Counselor

Job Search Trainer

Co-op and Tech Center Coordinators

Employment/Placement Specialists

College Counselor/Recruiter


Network of CDF’s working alongside professionals with more extensive training

    • Dept of Workforce Education Staff
    • Secondary School Counselors and Career Tech Program of Study Teachers
    • Two-year Community College Counselors and recruiters
    • Career Pathways Administrators
    • Workforce Services Center Staff
career development portfolio
Career Development Portfolio
  • Collection of assessments
  • Record of accomplishments
  • Contains resumes & Application Examples
  • Education and training Plan of Action
  • Opportunity for creative self-expression
  • Process for career development
  • Self-discovery & evaluation
  • Business & industry certifications
dwe involvement
DWE Involvement
  • Kuder support
  • CDF training and supervision
  • Carl Perkins funding through schools and educational cooperatives
  • Statewide Career Development Portfolios with a two-year crosswalk for two-year community college majors in CTE programs of study
  • Articulation for concurrent credit for CTE programs of study.
workkeys is a system
WorkKeys is a System

Job Profiling: to match applicants with jobs

Skill Assessments:

Measures an individual’s

skill level

Career Guidance

Education/ Training:

Efficiently closes

skill gaps

This is to certify

Johnny B. Good__

Successfully completed:

Arkansas High School Graduation Requirements

Arkansas Dept of Education Smart Core

Advertising & Graphic Design Program of Study

Adobe Premier CS3 Certification

GOLD Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate

Skills attained: Proficient in Adobe Premier Pro


3.5 GPA

CTSO Member: FBLA & Skills USA

Concurrent College Credit Earned: Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Freshman Composition

College Algebra

Signed this day the 18th of May , 2009


John Davidson

Dept of Workforce Education


For more information please contact:

Ray Henson, Program Manager

Dept of Workforce Education

Office of Career Guidance, Exploration, and Preparation

Three Capitol Mall, Suite 408

Little Rock, AR 72201