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Collaborative Career Pathways: Building Bridges Conference 2005 An Introduction Elaine Makas Howard & Pamela J. Ill Career Pathways Consulting, LLC Career Pathways: Preparing Students For Life

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collaborative career pathways building bridges conference 2005

Collaborative Career Pathways:Building Bridges Conference 2005

An Introduction

Elaine Makas Howard & Pamela J. Ill

Career Pathways Consulting, LLC

Career Pathways: Preparing Students For Life

Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press 2003 Howard/ Ill

what is collaborative career pathways the integration of
What Is Collaborative Career Pathways…The INTEGRATION of:

Curriculum: Integration of core and elective content, life skills & technology

Counseling: Testing, placement, post-secondary and career planning as well as student skill building in teaming, problem solving, goal-setting, decision making, & conflict resolution

Community: Structured involvement that includes guest speakers, chat partners, field trips, job shadows, internships, mentors, senior project worksites, senior project advisors & evaluators

integration through instruction


Freshman Explorations

Sophomore Selections

Junior Judgments

Senior Transitions

the 3 c s in the collaborative pathways model
The 3 C’s in the Collaborative Pathways Model

















where does the collaborative model fit
Where Does the Collaborative Model Fit?

Steps to Success




At each level, students set goals and make decisions based on classroom

and counseling activities, along with real life community experiences.


key instructional components

Sophomore Selections

Maneuvering Career Pathways with

Strong Employability Skills

Senior Transitions

Pulling Together High School

Experiences and Skills to Transition

Key Instructional Components:

Freshman Explorations

Exploring and Choosing a Pathway Through

Academic, Career, and Personal Interests / Skills

Junior Judgments

In-depth Understanding of Workplace as

Related to Pathway

the key decisions
The Key Decisions

The integration of Pathway Classes into the curriculum using both the counseling and community processes gives students ownership of their education through key decisions:

FRESHMAN EXPLORATIONS: Which Pathway is for me?

SOPHOMORE SELECTIONS: Which is better for me: an internship or technical training?

JUNIOR JUDGMENTS: What kind of senior project and post secondary plan will move me forward?

SENIOR TRANSITIONS: How best can I make a successful post-secondary transition?


Freshman Explorations

  • Interests & Aptitudes
  • Teaming & Problem-solving
  • Exploration of Career Pathways

Sophomore Selections

  • 3 or 4 Job Shadowing Experiences
  • 10 Intensive Pathway Specific Job Interviews
  • Employability Skills
  • Character Development
  • One Pathway Specific Integrated Project

Junior Judgments

  • Unpaid Work Experience or
  • Technical Center Opportunity
  • Work Ethics/Government Regulations
  • Portfolio
  • Presentation: PowerPoint, Collage, and/or Video Clips

Senior Transitions

  • College visits and scholarship applications
  • Design of a senior project/cohort groups
  • Project implementation with mentor help
  • Review of project by pathway specific panel
  • Successful transition to post-secondary plan
nicole shy average student loves science math
Nicole: Shy, Average Student; Loves Science & Math

Freshman Explorations

Sophomore Selections

  • Job Shadows: Pilot, Air Controller, Aviation Mechanic
  • Intensive Interview (Favorite):Flight School Owner
  • Plan Forms:In Summer, Nicole Takes Flight Lessons.
  • Pre-Focus Thinking: Teacher Like Her Mom
  • Favorite Integrated Unit: Flight School
  • Favorite Field Trip: Airport
  • Pathway Selection: Engineering & Science
nicole the plan takes shape
Nicole: The Plan Takes Shape

Junior Judgments

Senior Transitions

  • Senior Project: “Educational Program for Upcoming Aviation Students”
  • Dual Enroll:Mechanics Course at Local Community College
  • Continued Education:Decides on Air Force over university – to become Air Force Pilot
  • Ultimate Career Goal: Air Force Flight Instructor
  • Internship:Flight Instructor at Small Airport
  • Math Project: “How Geometry Relates to Flight”
  • Government: Examines Court Cases on Aviation Regulations
  • Extra-curricular: Joins Track Team for Fitness
hannah artistic loves music and dance
Hannah:Artistic; Loves Music and Dance

Freshman Explorations

Sophomore Selections

  • Favorite Field Trip:Loves field trip to art museum and backstage at a theater
  • Favorite Chats: Museum Curator, Actress, Dance Instructor
  • Pathway Selection:Arts & Communication
  • Job Shadows:Dance School Owner/Instructor, Photography Studio, and Graphic Designer
  • Favorite Intensive Interviews: Boutique Owner, Ballerina
  • Internship Choice:Tech Center Fine Arts Academy
hannah the plan develops
Hannah:The Plan Develops

Senior Transitions

Junior Judgments

  • Senior Project:Co-ops at a designer boutique and holds a fashion show for the business which includes three of her own designs
  • Dual Enroll:Takes design coursework at the local community college
  • Ultimate Career Goal: Degree in Fashion Design. Hopes to be a designer with her own fashion house eventually
  • Dual Enroll:Attends Fine Arts Academy half days
  • Social Studies:Project on the history of fashion boutiques
  • Advanced Computers: Designs a pamphlet for an imaginary boutique
lance social good student loves science hands on
Lance: Social, Good Student; Loves Science; Hands-On

Freshman Explorations

Sophomore Selections

  • Job Shadows:Social Worker, Science Teacher, Taxidermist
  • Favorite Intensive Interviews: FBI Ballistics Expert, Mortician, Conservation Officer
  • Cluster:Selects Law Enforcement for Cluster within the Pathway
  • Favorite Field Trips: Health and Human Service
  • Enjoys the science aspects of the teaming projects the most
  • Pathway Selection:Human Service Pathway
lance the plan takes place
Lance: The Plan Takes Place

Junior Judgments

Senior Selections

  • Internship:9 weeks unpaid at FBI offices with ballistic department
  • After internship, eliminate ballistics as it was not people oriented enough
  • Job Shadow:Two day job shadow
  • Summer Paid Intern:Funeral home
  • Senior Project: Follows a funeral from death certificate to final family meeting (open only to evaluation team due to confidentiality)
  • Included science and people skills used by mortician, current technology for embalming process, as well as mortuary training & business skills needed
lance the transition is made
Lance: The Transition Is Made

Post-secondary Reality

Future Plans

  • Begins two years of mortuary study at local community college
  • Continues to work at funeral home part-time
  • Takes a accounting course to better prepare for business aspects
  • Does well in course work as his job brings relevancy to what he is learning
  • Plans to transfer to mortuary program at a state university once associates degree is complete
  • Hopes to own his own funeral home business eventually
customizing the template
Customizing The Template

Where Pathways classes can be placed:

  • As a stand-alone
  • In a core class
  • In a seminar system
  • In ANY creative manner where all students are reached every year.
pathways coursework and technology
Pathways Coursework and Technology:
  • Use, application and transfer of technology
  • Problem solving using technology
  • Technology in Career Paths and Clusters
  • Workplace technology
  • Ethical and legal use of technology
special needs students in collaborative pathways classes
Special Needs Students in Collaborative Pathways Classes:
  • Adaptation of some assignments to meet students’ learning disabilities.
  • Highlighting the positive information students discover about themselves in Freshman Exploration and Sophomore Selections.
  • Behind the scenes coaching on dealing with social (peer/teacher) interactions
  • Emphasis on life skills (particularly conflict resolution, assertiveness, and self management) allows these skills to be underscored for special needs students.
what does the process look like
What Does The Process Look Like?
  • Phase One - Mission & Goals
  • Phase Two - Implementation: a level

each year for five years

  • Phase Three - Public Relations &

Community Buy-in

  • Phase Four - Program to System
implementation by year
Implementation by Year
  • Year One: Planning
  • Year Two: Freshman
  • Year Three: Sophomore
  • Year Four: Junior
  • Year Five: Senior
roles in a collaborative pathways high school
Roles in a Collaborative Pathways High School
  • Administrators/Board
  • Counselors
  • Instructional Staff
  • Community/Parents
  • Students
dealing with myths
Dealing with Myths:
  • Pathways waters down academics.
  • Pathways “track” students into jobs.
  • Pathways does not offer enough variety and balance for a well-rounded education.
  • High school students are too young to be making these decisions.
creating systems
Creating Systems
  • Systems change affects the entire process and all aspects of your school.
  • Systems change must have a purposeful structure – Career Pathways provides this structure.
what is systems change
What is Systems Change?:






Peter Senge: The Fifth Discipline

systems change must
Systems Change Must …
  • Be both collaborative and flexible.
  • Have consistent leadership and support.
  • Permeate the school’s beliefs, practices,

and culture.

  • Be sustained no matter who comes and

and goes.

when has a district reached a systematic collaborative career pathways model
When has a District reached a Systematic Collaborative Career Pathways Model?
  • All stakeholder are involved, understand and use the “lingo.”
  • All five years of implementation are complete (Pathway Classes).
  • Career Pathways has been successfully integrated into the core and elective curriculums.

Continued …

  • All students have graduate with an individual plan.
  • When data collection is done on a regular basis.
  • The model is sustained by the school belief structure and staff and not individual people.
a district has successfully integrated a system change using the collaborative pathways model
A district has successfully integrated a system change using the Collaborative Pathways model


Collaborative Pathways is the underlying belief structure of the school.

contact information
Contact Information

Elaine Howard and Pamela Ill

Collaborative Education Systems, LLC

4386 S. Seeger St.

Cass City, MI 48726