Integrating Middle & High School Career Work. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools East Chapel Hill High School Career and Technical Education Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ms. Fletcher Womble
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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
East Chapel Hill High School
Career and Technical Education
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Career Development Coordinator at East Chapel Hill High School. Previous work experience includes: one year middle school CDC, one year high school counselor, two years high school special services.
Ms. Darcy Turner
Career Development Coordinator Intern. Previously a Middle School Counselor at Phillips Middle School, an ECHHS main feeder school, for 13 years.
* The importance of integrating middle school and high school career work activities
* What our middle schools are doing to promote career awareness
* Combined middle and high school career exploration opportunities
* High school career activities and exploration
in·te·grate–[in-ti-greyt] verb, -grat·ed, -grat·ing. verb (used with object)1.to bring together
or incorporate (parts) into a whole.
2.to make up, combine, or complete to produce a whole or a larger unit, as parts do.
3.to unite or combine.
It is important to integrate Career information so students see that Career Exploration takes time and is a process.
Connecting these steps through middle and high school helps students understand the process and see the evolving progression of their own interests, knowledge, and skills.
* Our school district does not employ Career Development Coordinators in the middle schools,
* School counselors are responsible for promoting career exploration to students through classroom visits, discussions, career exploration websites, job shadowing, etc.
What is a career?
Why do we have them?
How do people spend money?
Is money really necessary?
Do people have to like their careers?
*Tools: Charades; Math class project; Futures4Kids (connected with the ASCA National Model); Career Week with Panel
You have just received your diploma and are about to enter the real world. You will be given a career with a set income and your task is to create a realistic budget. An even bigger challenge is to live within that budget.
2+2 = 5
…but I can’t be overdrawn! I still have checks left!
Interests in relation to careers
*Tools: Futures4Kids; Career Game; District Career Expo; Letter to Self; Career Week with Panel
Planning for HS and life beyond
What is a transcript? GPA?
4 Year Plans (paper and F4K)
Student Service Learning
Day on the Job (incorporates LA; SS; Science; Math courses)
Letters to Self returned (CHANGE even within one year)
I Beginning the Transition
II Panel of High School Students
III CTE Options; Middle College
* Evening event: 5:30-7:30pm
* Grades 6-12 are invited
* Located at the local shopping mall
* Middle school and high school counselors
* High school CTE teachers
* Middle and high school student volunteers
* CTSOs set up table displays
* Over 80 career presenters representing the various career clusters
* High school CTE students are invited to the middle schools for various sessions to talk about high school and courses offered
* Rising freshmen and their parents are invited
* Evening event to promote CTE course offerings
* Occurs during course registration period (early spring)
* HS CTE students volunteer to talk about their courses
* Visitors are taken on a tour of all CTE classrooms
* Displays are set up promoting the courses with examples of class work and projects
* Visitors talk to the teachers and current students
* School purchased program
* Every student in the high school has an account
* College and Career search
* School specific data
* Personality Inventory: Do What You Are
* Career Interest Profiler based on the Holland Code
* Every student in the high school has an account, follows them from Middle School
* College and Career search
* Career Interest Inventory, Skills Inventory, Ability Profiler, Learning Styles Inventory
* Communicate to professionals in various careers through a message board format
* Complete 4 year high school plans and update yearly
College and career planning program for NCFree Students create own loginSchools can monitor and follow student progressGreat for parents and studentsCollege, Financial Aid, Careers
* Strength-based approach to helping students overcome challenges and difficulties regarding truancy, behaviors, and academics, and improve their outcomes in these areas.
* Mission is to offer hope and an answer to the question “Why try in life?”
* Key to program’s success is the power in the relationship between a caring adult and a student that needs help.
* Program teaches social and emotional principles to students in a way that they can understand and remember. Uses a visual tool to teach a specific principle and then reinforces the principle with musical and physical activities.
Sophomores On A Roll
The purpose of this fair is to give our sophomore students a better understanding of various careers and continue building strong partnerships with the school districts and community.
Students attend enhancement sessions and then rotate through workshops on various career clusters of their choosing based on their interest inventory results.
Students are selected to attend the SOAR program through referrals from teachers, counselors, school-wide watch list, and/or administrators.
Refer to gray form in folder for SOAR program sign up sheet
* Held each year in the early Spring
* Students bring resumes
* Students come dressed to impress
* Businesses come ready to hire students
* Informal interviews are conducted
* Students walk out with a job offer for the upcoming summer
Green sheets in folder
Student Preparation for Job Fair
Complete a resume and cover letter
Practice interview questions
Lesson on how to dress professionally
Lesson on etiquette
All students are encouraged to complete an interest inventory
Career Quotes are read over the daily announcements
Video announcements with facts and statistics about careers as well as definitions of career, work, and job
Poster contest for all students with a prize reward to the winners
Examples of promotional items given to teachers to help recruit them to talk about careers are found in your folders (salmon colored paper)
Classroom Speakers across disciplines
National Career and Technical Education Month (February)CTE Power Lunches: Our CTE students and teachers set up table displays during lunch promoting the various CTE courses available Career Quotes and facts read on the daily announcementsVideo announcements (pictures of CTE students and class assignments)Poster contest with the National ACTE theme again, with a cash prize reward to the winners Career Speakers Student tours of CTE courses
* Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) weekly E-Blast, monthly Wildcat News
* CIC weekly updates and emails
* Counselor emails regarding upcoming events
* Local Newspapers and radio
* CIC Website
Middle and High School Career Work
Communication between the schools
Annual events for students to look forward to
Variety of activities between grade levels
Teacher and administrative support
21st century skills
College Foundation of North Carolina, http://www.cfnc.org
Future for Kids, http://www.f4k.org/
Career Cruising, www.careercruising.com
Naviance, http://www.naviance.com/ (company website)
ECHHS CIC Website, http://www.chccs.k12.nc.us/echhs/cic
CPP, Strong Interest Inventory, www.cpp.com