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Union City Middle/High School “Our Career Journey” 105 Concord St. Union City, PA 16438. Mrs. Sandra Myers Superintendent smyers@ucasd.iu5.org (814) 438-2195 Ext. 5454. Mr. Ed McMahan Career Counselor emcmahan@ucasd.iu5.org (814) 438-2195 Ext. 5415. About Union City, PA.

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Union City Middle/High School“Our Career Journey”105 Concord St.Union City, PA 16438

Mrs. Sandra Myers



(814) 438-2195 Ext. 5454

Mr. Ed McMahan

Career Counselor


(814) 438-2195 Ext. 5415

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About Union City, PA

  • 26 Miles Southeast of Erie

  • 3462 Residents (2000 census)

Union City

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School Demographics

  • Total Student Population K-12: 1304

  • 1 Elementary School K-5

  • 1 Middle/High School 6-12

  • Special Education- 28%

  • Economically Disadvantaged- 62%

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Current School Initiatives

  • Project 720- 1st year of 3 years

  • Successful Schools Network (Model Schools)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

  • Industry Clubs

  • Classrooms for the Future

  • Healthy Youth Development

  • Regional Choice Initiative (RCI)- Dual Enrollment

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OUR Career Journey Started Here 1 Year Ago!

  • 2007 CEW Governor’s Institute

    • Our Team Consisted of:

      • Myself, high school counselor, and two members of the social studies department (one being the department chair)

  • Our Plan was to start with the 2007-2008 School Year with the 8th and 11th grade students.

    • 8th Grade- Just before they entered high school

    • 11th Grade- Changed Senior Project to make more career driven

      When We Got Back, We Hit the Ground Running!

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How We Started This Year ….

  • Targeted grades 8 & 11

    • 11th grade

      • Senior Project Career Oriented

      • 6 hour Job Shadow

      • Requirement of THREE Post-Secondary visits

    • 8th Grade

      • Variety of career related activities

      • Online Career Portfolio

      • Career Exhibition Night

      • Individualized Career Plan (ICP)

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The 8th Grade Career Activities

  • 16 Career Clusters

  • Union City Area School District’s 5 Career Pathways(*information within packet)

  • 16 Career Clusters integrated within the UC Career Pathways (*information within packet)

  • Online Career Portfolio and explored many careers using Career Cruising(www.careercruising.com)(* information within packet)

  • Career Interest Surveys

  • Individual/Group Based Career Activities/Projects

  • Post-Secondary Options Available

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The 8th Grade Career Activities

  • Integrated 8th Grade Awards Assembly and Career Exhibition Night.

  • Every 8th grade student created a Career Poster that answered the following three questions:

    • Who Am I?

    • Where Am I Going?

    • How Am I going to Get There?

  • Individualized Career Plan (ICP)(*information within packet)

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    What is Career Cruising?

    • Internet based career exploration and planning tool used to explore career and college options and develop a career plan.

    • Features of this program include:

      • Interest and Skills Assessment

      • Career Profiles

      • Multimedia Interviews

      • College and Financial Aid Information

      • Resume Builder

      • Electronic Career Portfolio

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    Careers of Interest

    Schools of Interest

    Education Plan

    Career Preparation

    Activities & Abilities

    Work Experience

    Assessment Results

    Volunteer Experience

    Resume Builder

    Upload documents

    Save Websites

    Career Cruising Online Career Portfolio Components

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    Career Cruising Online Portfolio Components

    Teachers can:

    • Send mass/individual messages/documents/websites

    • Monitor Progress

    • Assign tasks/activities

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    The 11th Grade Class Career Activities

    • Senior Project

    • Added 6 hour Job Shadow Component

    • Three Post Secondary Visits

    • 16 Career Clusters

    • Incorporated Career Cruisingwithin Junior English

    • Career Interest Surveys

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    Junior Job Shadow

    • All students received a Job Shadow Packet

    • Required 6 hours experience is chosen profession

    • Two scheduled job shadow days: spring and fall

    • Received a grant through the School to Work Partnership for transportation

    • Students are responsible for researching and scheduling the shadow with the assistance from the career counselor

    • Upon Completion: Meet one week afterwards to debrief

      • Thank You Letter

      • Journal Entry

      • Time Sheet

      • Interview Typed

      • Student Survey

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    Prior to Student Reporting for His/Her Job Shadow Experience

    • The job shadow mentor is sent the following information:

      • Thank You Letter from the School (* information within packet)

      • Student Survey and questions to start building a data base:

        • future job shadow placements

        • career fair presenter

        • classroom speaker

        • host field study (Internship)

        • allow student/classroom visits (* information within packet)

      • Student/Parent Confidentiality Statement

      • What Is A Job Shadow?Explanation Sheet (*information within packet)

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    What are Career Pathways?

    A broad grouping of careers that share similar characteristics and whose employment requirements call for many common interests, strengths and competencies.

    Five UC Pathways are:

    Arts & Communication (AC)

    Business & Information Technology (BIT)

    Engineering & Industrial Technology (EIT)

    Science & Health (SH)

    Human & Civil Services (HCS)

    Union City 5 Career Pathways….

    By the end of a student’s 8th grade year, he/she will select two pathways of interest and create an ICP.

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    How We Determined Our 5 Career Pathways

    • Looked at the Top Industries and all of the other industries in Erie County.

    • The Top Industries are:

      • Manufacturing

      • Medical Services

      • With Insurance, Retail, Hospitality and Tourism on the rise

    • Contacted our neighboring schools for information

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    How We Determined Our Pathway Courses

    • Took our current relevant “elective” courses offered and placed them into one of our five Career Pathways (Course Selection Guide)

    • Pathway Focus Area(s) are identified for each pathway course

    • Added RCI (dual enrollment) courses and Erie County Technical School courses to course selection guide

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    Created Four New Pathway Courses

    • Four New Courses are:

      • Forensic Science

      • Entrepreneurship

      • Sports Medicine

      • Veterinary Science

    • Received a grant from the Regional Career Education Partnership (RCEP) to help fund half of the cost for the curriculum for our new pathway courses

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    Other Components Added This Year

    • 9th & 10th Grade- Keys2Work Program(*information within packet)

      • 9th Grade Career Class

      • 10th Grade World History Class

    • 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade- Middle School Planner

      • 6th Grade Social Studies Class

      • 7th Grade Geography Class

      • 8th Grade American History Class

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    What Is the Keys2Work Program?

    • Internet based program that concretely shows the students the foundations skills needed for each job.

    • Some of the Foundation Skills are:

      • Reading for Information- Aligned to PA Academic Standards for Reading

      • Applied Mathematics- Aligned to PA Academic Standards for Mathematics

      • Observation

      • Teamwork

      • Writing

    • Assigned Pre-Test in any of the Foundation Skills to Get a Workkeys Base Score (3-7)

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    What Is the Keys2Work Program?

    • Career Skills Component Integrated

    • Some Career Skills Lessons Include:

      • Business Etiquette

      • Communication Skills

      • Work Habits

      • Workplace Effectiveness

      • The Job Search

    • All Career Skills are Aligned with the PA Academic Standards for Career Education and Work

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    Future Initiatives in the Works

    • Senior Internship with Snap-tite

      • Pro Engineer CADD Program

    • Articulation agreement with Clarion-Venango to offer college credit towards an Associate's Degree in Applied Science in Industrial Technology at a reduced rate.

      • Students targeted are students with a GPA of 2.8 and proficient on either the PSSA Reading or Math.

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    Finally, What It Really Boils Down to..


    8th Grader

    Approximately 49 years Working

    Retire 2061

    Age 67

    Graduate 2012

    Age 18

    Born 1993

    Living a HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL Life !

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    Plans for Year 2

    • 6th Grade Orientation- roll out presentation

    • Add career component to our website

    • Roll out presentation to faculty and staff during first in-service

    • Departments- Crosswalk/Gap Analysis & CEW Survey (*information within packet)

    • Continue to implement and find new ways to expose our students to the world of work

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    Please Email

    • If you would like a copy of the following:

      • Middle School Planner

      • Job Shadow Packet

      • Career Cruising or Keys2Work Contact Information

      • Course Selection Guide- Includes Five Career Pathways and Pathway Courses

      • Network

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    Union City Middle/High School Career Journey105 Concord St.Union City, PA 16438

    Mrs. Sandra Myers



    (814) 438-2195 Ext. 5454

    Mr. Ed McMahan

    Career Counselor


    (814) 438-2195 Ext. 5415