Family Engagement

Research indicates:

  • Families find career development experiences to be valuable
  • Families report feeling a stronger positive regard for the school
  • Families report developing stronger relationships with their children as a result of the career development process1

Active family engagement has a direct positive influence on student college and career readiness.  Families who learn about career development are better at supporting their child in recognizing interests, strengths, assist goal setting and building a Personal Learning Plan.

What do Nebraska schools and Nebraska VR need to know?

Families, schools, Nebraska VR, business/industry and community stakeholders need strong working partnerships for a successful career development program.  Consistently, students rank parents/families at the top of the list for their main source of information for college and careers.  As that may be true, it is imperative that families know sources of correct information.  Use and share research based models plus current, valid, and reliable career information with families and everyone who is teaching or mentoring students. Incorrect information is harmful when making any career decisions.

Communication, teamwork, and sharing valid information needs to start early and often. Together with input from families, design system family involvement strategies throughout PreK-12+.

Follow the Nebraska Career Development Model of: self-awareness, career exploration and career planning.   

  1. Self-Awareness
    • Nebraska Career Readiness Standards
    • Career and Academic Assessment
  2. Career Exploration
    • Nebraska Career Education
    • Labor Market Information
    • Workplace Learning Experiences
  3. Career Planning and Management
    • College and Career Options
    • Personal Learning Plans and Portfolios

All youth need the support of parents, family members and other caring adults to achieve career goals.  Additional considerations for families of students with disabilities are:

  • Understanding the disability and how it may affect education, employment and daily living options.
  • Knowledge of rights and responsibilities included in disability-related legislation.
  • Knowledge of equal access to programs, services, supports, and accommodations.2


  1. National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD), Families and College and Career Readiness: What Schools Can Do to Engage Families in the Individualized Learning Plan Process.
  1. NCWD, Youth Guideposts for Success: