Module 2 Presentation

Career Action Planning
Best Practices
Module 2
Benefits, Buy-in and Communication
Counselor Benefits
Teacher Benefits
Administrator Benefits
Parent Benefits
Student Benefits
Community Benefits
– Provides better image/public relations for the school
– Improves communication between administration, faculty and parents
– Helps with scheduling
• Facilitates school start
• Allows schedule to be built around firm data from pre-enrollment
– Can be implemented with little or no money for sustainability
Shortens time spent on paperwork
Cuts down on number of schedule changes
Allows more time with students and guidance program
Organizes career development into a manageable time frame
Improves teacher knowledge of all programs available to
students to quickly answer student questions
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– Reduces scheduling changes
– Provides more appropriate placement
– Makes class selection more relevant
– Encourages a more personal relationship with students
– Allows broader understanding of the total curriculum
– Allows broader knowledge of graduation requirements
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– Allows students to be active players in their own career
– Teaches responsibility for own career plan and
educational goals
– Increases awareness of career and educational
– Provides improved access to career advisors
– Builds personal relationship with advisor
– Increases involvement in child’s educational and career
– Promotes positive interaction with school staff and faculty
– Increases understanding of child through interests surveys,
aptitude assessments, and criterion testing
– Increases knowledge of school and school system
– Increases knowledge of different options for student’s
education with programs of study in career and technical
education and college preparation
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– Provides better prepared workforce
– Improves graduation rates with meaningful education
– Provides better placement of graduates
– Improves relationship between community/employer and
– Builds awareness of career opportunities within the
– Aids in the development of a “Work Ready Community”
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Career Action Planning Buy-in
• Organizes career development into a manageable
time frame with team effort
• Provides opportunity for shared responsibility for
personal education and career development by
including parents, students, teachers, counselors,
Career Coaches and Career Development
Reasons for a CAP Program
• Enables students to gain information and skills
necessary to make good educational and career
• Encourages students to set educational goals and
construct a plan to meet those goals.
• Improves relations between school faculty, parents,
business, industry, and other community members.
Successful Schools
Maintain high expectations
Use the state’s standards
Engage students in learning
Provide extra help
Develop guidance relationships by an
Advisor/Advisee program known CAPS
Lake Hamilton program is named PACK.
“Providing Academic and Career Knowledge”
Career Planning
Three Areas of Concern that can be improved with better
career planning:
• High school expectations and graduation
• College entrance and completion
• Job satisfaction and retention
Schools are teaching the 3 R’s, reading, writing and
arithmetic and
schools are implementing, rigor, relevance, and
reliability but
some schools are missing on the key concept of
Drop-outs Statistics
At the Arkansas Greater Graduation Summit Planning session, the following
statistics were presented:
Every 26 seconds a student in this country drops out of school about their success
in school.
This equals over 3.8 million young people leaving the educational system before
receiving a high school diploma.
High school dropouts account for almost of the heads households on welfare and
75% of the population in state prisons.
Ensure Strong Adult-Student Relationships
within the School
Only sixty-five percent of the drop-outs said there was
a staff member or teacher who cared about their
That leaves thirty-five of the drop-outs who felt that
no one cared.
More stats
• When surveyed, the majority of high school dropouts say
they began to “disconnect” in middle school or earlier.
• Few middle schools adequately address the career
development of students despite evidence to indicate that it
enhances academic performance, facilitates high school
completion, and encourages postsecondary education.”
Schools with a CAP program
• Improved in 2007-2008
– CTE Skill Attainment by 2.37%
– Graduation Rage by 1.21%
– Placement after graduation by .99%
– Completer Status by 1.13%
Successful Positive Employment comes
from consistent and continuous:
• Career guidance, exploration, preparation and
• Self discovery and assessment
• Career employability training
• Rigorous education in the SMART Core Curriculum
• Career portfolio development
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:
• 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
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
Career Guidance Goals
• Help students master the art of career planning and
• Help students set goals and monitor their progress
toward those goals
• Give students a chance to develop a meaningful
guidance relationship with a caring adult.
Superintendent and Administration
CAP Steering Committee
Teacher Advisors
• Vision of an ideal career guidance system
• Leadership and guidance on a continual basis
• Evaluation of program
• Goals with strategies to meet them and results
• Praise to the steering committee and advisors
• Purpose and reasoning
Steering Committee
• Calendar of Events—
– schedules and time requirements
• Objectives for teacher/advisor training
• Activities that fulfill the strategies outlined by admin
• Communication to students and parents
Teacher Advisors
• Why it is important for students to plan for the
• Why it is important for parents to be active
participants in the career decision-making process
• What the activities are and how they fit into Career
Development Portfolio
Student Certifications
and Recognitions
• Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate
• Business and Industry Certifications where available
(Perkins approvable)
• Program of Study Certificates of Completion
• Completion awards (Seals, Cords, Certificates)
Benefits outweigh time and expense
Communication is greatly improved
Trusting relationships are developed
Students make better decisions