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Career Development Classes

Many schools offer options for exploring careers while earning credit toward graduation. Within some options, students can earn industry certifications, licensure, or college credit. Career development courses can occur within the school, at a career tech ed center, through cooperative education agreements, and in partnership with local colleges or universities.

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Self Study Guide for Career Readiness in Secondary Schools

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The Institute for Educational Sciences has created a self study guide to help secondary schools examine career readiness practices. The purpose of the Self-Study Guide for Career Readiness in Secondary Schools is to help state and local education agencies and schools:

  • Collect baseline information for developing an implementation plan for career readiness practices.
  • Prioritize student needs while developing the implementation plan.
  • Collect progress-monitoring information for continuous improvement.
  • Evaluate the implementation of career readiness practices.
  • Examine patterns in student outcomes.
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PA Career Ready Skills

Career development classes should emphasize the importance of career ready skills. The Pennsylvania Career Ready Skills (PA CRS) are social emotional learning progressions that support the development of student competencies. The Career Ready Skills reflect priorities to ensure students are career ready and prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce. The PA CRS are grouped into three domains:

  • Self-Awareness And Self-Management
  • Establishing And Maintaining Relationships
  • Social Problem Solving
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What Can Career Development Classes Do For Students?

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Career Focused Curriculum

Course content is relevant to the career choices of the students.

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Employability Skills

Students are taught skills to develop social and emotional skills for workplace success.

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Career Exploration

Students are given opportunities to explore careers through focused activities.

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Career Counseling

Guided efforts to help students find the careers that best fit their personal attributes and talents.

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