PreK-12 Career Development Program Planning

It is common today for schools to adopt the goal of preparing students to be college and career ready.  Often, people want to reduce all the expectations, attitudes, competencies, skills and behaviors required to be college and career ready to a single score.   However, expectations of today’s postsecondary and workplaces require college and career readiness to mean much more than doing well on a written or online test.  A better approach is needed.

Nebraska Career Development Model programs intend to engage students with participation, activity and do much more than take a test. In this toolkit, we are suggesting a comprehensive approach, which invites experiential and skill building opportunities to enhance academic, career and social/emotional development throughout PreK-12, which directly applies to the demands of education and workplace success.  A Nebraska Career Development Model represents a program where schools collaborate with families, postsecondary, the community, employers and business/industry to provide instruction, guidance and advisement to students to achieve their goals.  We believe quality Career Development is enhanced college and career readiness programming in schools.

Planning a district wide program is essential.  This section of the toolkit will offer planning resources.