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.

Resources

ASVAB Career Exploration Program

Career Cluster Informal Checklist Inventory for Students

Career Cluster Informal Checklist Inventory for Students - English

Career Cluster Informal Checklist Inventory for Students - Spanish

Career Clusters at-a-Glance

Career Conversations (K-12)

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association

Career Conversations (K-12)

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association

Career Conversations for High School - English

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association and Colorado Dept. of Education

Career Conversations for High School - Spanish

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association and Colorado Dept. of Education

Career Conversations for Middle School - English

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association and Colorado Dept. of Education

Career Conversations for Middle School - Spanish

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association and Colorado Dept. of Education

Career Ladder Posters – Nebraska Dept. of Labor

Career Readiness Conversation Starters for Family & Mentors (flyer)

Career Readiness Conversation Starters for Family & Mentors (Trifold)

Career Training in Today’s Military

CTE Couse Standards and Programs of Study for curriculum planning

EducationQuest Foundation

EducationQuest, a non-profit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska, offers free college planning services, outreach services, need-based scholarship programs and college access grants. EducationQuest offers a variety of resources to help schools create a college-going culture and educate families about the financial aid process.

EducationQuest Publications

Look2College, KnowHow2Go, College Planning Handbooks, College Planning Handbook for Students with Disabilities etc.

Engage

Engage!  Career Exploration and Readiness Curriculum for Middle School Students

FAFSA

Teaching the four types of financial aid as early as middle school and junior high teaches students the vocabulary needed to navigate scholarship applications and the FAFSA. Students need to learn early about scholarships and the opportunities available to help make college a reality for all students including students with disabilities. EducationQuest resources are essential for students to have.

GetMyFuture

Self-Assessment, career exploration and planning mobile friendly website, sponsored by US Dept. of Labor.  Great for younger students.

Goal Setting for Learning, Earning and Living

Habitudes for Career Ready Students

Hanover Research review on college and career readiness program development

High Wage, High Demand, High Skill

The H3 website offers quick access to Nebraska’s “hot jobs”. This easy to understand labor market information is updated weekly.

Is this a plan?

Be careful of how your student is planning postsecondary education.

Massachusetts: Nature, Promise, and Implementation

A Programming Report from Massachusetts:  Nature, Promise, and Implementation. Recommendations for Supporting Districts to Adopt Individual Learning Plans

MyNextMove

Self-Assessment and career exploration website, sponsored by US Dept. of Labor.

Nebraska Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program

Nebraska Career & Technical Student Organizations

Nebraska Career Cluster Tours

Nebraska Career Development Model

3 Sided Triangle

Nebraska Career Education Model Posters

Career Cluster and Education Model posters in a variety of sizes.

Nebraska Career Readiness Evaluation Rubrics for Work-based Learning

Nebraska Career Readiness Rubrics for High School

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

Poster and Booklet

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards Booklet and checklist

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards, Learning Progressions and Indicators

Nebraska Community College Programs of Study

certificates, diplomas and associates’ degrees

Nebraska Reality Check

How much income do students need from a career? To help students determine income compared to desired standards of living; try Nebraska Reality Check, sponsored by EducationQuest Foundation.

NEworks

Nebraska Department of Labor website or app provides current job openings and labor market analysis facts, employment, wages and projections.

Parent toolkit

Parent toolkit for academic, social emotional, health, and wellness for grades K-12. Website is developed by NBC EducationNation.

Position Statement on Career Development

American School Counselor Association

Position Statement on Individual Student Planning

American School Counselor Association

PreK-12 Program Planning Guide for Career Development

Program Planning in Washington

Excellent resource for student led parent teacher conferences, advisories and more

Reality Check Video: Guiding Your Children to Career Success

Reality Check: Guiding Your Children to Career Success Parent Flyer

School District College Continuation Rates

School District Program Assessment of Career Development

Teacher Discussion Guides for Nebraska Career Cluster Tours

The State of Career and Technical Education: Career Advising and Development

Transitions Guide

Transitions Guide for seamless student transition to postsecondary.

U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERIES

U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERIES

UP NEXT

A free texting program tool to support and remind students of steps to access higher education.

Valuing College AND Career Readiness in State Accountability Systems

Career Planning & Management Resources

EducationQuest Foundation

EducationQuest, a non-profit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska, offers free college planning services, outreach services, need-based scholarship programs and college access grants. EducationQuest offers a variety of resources to help schools create a college-going culture and educate families about the financial aid process.

EducationQuest Publications

Look2College, KnowHow2Go, College Planning Handbooks, College Planning Handbook for Students with Disabilities etc.

FAFSA

Teaching the four types of financial aid as early as middle school and junior high teaches students the vocabulary needed to navigate scholarship applications and the FAFSA. Students need to learn early about scholarships and the opportunities available to help make college a reality for all students including students with disabilities. EducationQuest resources are essential for students to have.

Goal Setting for Learning, Earning and Living

Internships in Nebraska

Nebraska Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program

Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Community College Programs of Study

certificates, diplomas and associates’ degrees

Transfer Nebraska

UP NEXT

A free texting program tool to support and remind students of steps to access higher education.

Coordination Of Programs

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Coordinate Don’t Duplicate!

Program planners need to coordinate!  Together we can support all students more effectively by sharing goals and defining roles and responsibilities between programs.  It is likely some students will be in multiple programs. Cooperative program plans will eliminate duplication.  Identify common goals, content and activities related to the Nebraska Career Development Model, in the chart below to assist with coordinated program planning.

Personal Learning Plan
PLP
NCE-Nebraska Career Education

Individual Education Plan
IEP
Special Education

Pre-Employment Transition Services
Nebraska VR

 Career Development ComponentsNSTTAC Indicator 13 ChecklistPre-Employment Transitions Services

Self-Awareness

  • Career Readiness (Employability) Skills Assessment
  • Academic test scores
  • Career Interest, strengths, work values inventories
  • Age appropriate transition assessments of needs, strengths preferences, career interests and workplace readiness for postsecondary goal
  • Student invited and participates in IEP and learns to use self-advocacy and self-determination skills
  • Career/vocational interest inventory results
  • Workplace readiness skills and training
  • Instruction in self-advocacy, self-determination, social skills and independent living skills

  Career Exploration

  • Career Education Programs of Study
  • Labor Market Information
  • Workplace Learning Experiences
  • Transition services to meet postsecondary, career or employment
  • Transition services, courses of study to enable student to meet postsecondary career employment or education and training goal
  • Job exploration counseling
  • Labor Market information
  • Work-based learning experiences including in-school or after school or outside of the traditional school setting, and/or internships

 Planning & Management

  • College/Career Options
  • PLP: Career goals coursework & activities aligned to postsecondary goals
  • Updated annually
  • Appropriate measurable postsecondary goal
  • Postsecondary goals updated annually
  • Annual transitions goals related to student needs, strengths, preferences and interests for  postsecondary goal
  • Partnering agencies invited to participate in transitions planning

 

  • Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs
  • Update plan regularly

Considerations for the coordination of programs:

  • Do all students have plans for seamless transitions to college and career goals?
  • Are the programs working together for the benefit of students?
  • Are the programs and planning materials coordinated to use common vocabulary, models and resources to reinforce clear and consistent messages?
  • Are guidelines and procedures in place to avoid duplication and wasted instructional time?
  • Are all educators aware of how to support college and career readiness planning adopted by the district for seamless transitions for all students?

Helpful Resource:  Nebraska Transitions Guide

The purpose of the Nebraska Transition Guide is to increase collaboration between students, parents, school staff and community agencies.  The Transition Guide organized by critical questions, addresses quality program development along with supporting resources, materials and activities.2

View the Transition Guide

Citations

  1. NCWD Youth Guideposts for Success: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/sites/default/files/page/2009/02/guideposts_0.pdf
  2. NDE Special Education Transitions: https://transition.ne.gov/

What Do Families Want?

The National Collaborative for Youth gathered requests from over 1400 parents and families concerning career readiness for their children.4 Families want career information and resources.

Families want their children to have exposure to developing career readiness skills.

Career readiness skills are essential skills that apply at work, at school and at home!  Start using a common language early to develop a college and career readiness culture.  Provide parents with Nebraska Career Readiness Standards information.

Families want communication, but not too little or not too much!

Identify different avenues to provide the necessary information for families to participate in the career exploration process. Consider all communication is provided in multiple languages if necessary.  Develop a PreK-12+ plan of communication with families.  Engaged parents help assure the success of career exploration of all students.

  • Monthly newsletters, texts, blogs
  • Social Media – Facebook, Twitter
  • School website
  • Share and post valuable websites (be selective, not too many)

 

http://h3.ne.gov/H3/                               https://www.bls.gov/ooh

www.mygreatcareer.org                          www.getmyfuture.com

www.nebraskacareerconnections.org

  • Create a parent webpage offering brochures, videos, webinars, helpful tips and timelines.

Families want to participate in building their child’s Personal Learning Plan (PLP). Families of youth with disabilities

Families of youth with disabilities want to have a voice to ensure the same opportunities in exploring career options and experiences in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Pre-Employment Plan (IPE). Provide a variety of family friendly hours for virtual or in-person meetings.

  • Invite parents to be part of the registration process. Review career assessments before building a PLP and selecting classes for future years.  Inform families of all core academics, career education programs/academies, dual/college credit, honors or special programs, activities, early-college etc. so they can discuss options with their student.
  • Implement Student-Lead Parent Teacher Conferences for student to take ownership in presenting their own progress in accomplishing their Personal Learning Plan to assure they are taking the classes necessary for career and post-secondary success.
  • Create a Parent University program or workshop (virtual and/or in person) aimed at how to best support students, PLP’s and college and career readiness.
  • Offer Open-Houses or coordinate with other activities/events parents attend.
  • Consider online meetings for families who have technology capacity.
  • Connect families to EducationQuest.org for college planning services, assist with FAFSA and financial aid to higher education.
  • Inform families of students with disabilities about coordination of services for career development between general education, special education and Nebraska VR.

Families want their children to have more opportunities for exposure in real work experiences.

Inform families of workplace experiences available through school, special education, Nebraska VR and your community.

Leverage community partnership to develop a continuum of workplace experience PreK-12+ for the career development program.  Learn more at: www.nebraskaworkplaceexperiences.com

Families want support for researching all postsecondary career options including: certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees.

  • Parents want career development curriculum in schools and to be involved with college and career planning.
  • The Nebraska Career Connections website provides invaluable education and career planning resources for students and parents. Parents are able to log in to their child’s account and view assessment results.  These results identify interest, strengths and values related to careers of interest, skills and activities associated with careers and identify training and educational requirements to successfully pursue those careers.  Schools should offer instructions for how a parent can create a parent account, with or without a link to their student’s portfolio.

 

Inform Families:  What is Dual Credit?

  • Opportunities to achieve high school and college credit while in high school.

Inform Families:  Why Dual Credit?

  • It saves time and money. Students can reduce the duplication of courses.
  • Students are exposed to college level work which may determine future education goals and planning.
  • Opportunities for reduced rate tuition which may lower the overall cost of college education.
  • May expedite college graduation or allow for dual-majors or more in-depth course work in college.
  • Data shows dual credit students earn higher grade point averages than their peers, are more likely to graduate from high school, are more likely to attend college and more likely to return for their sophomore year of college.3

Download this brochure from: https://www.education.ne.gov/CARED/

Families of youth with disabilities want to have a voice in building their child’s personal learning plan and to assure the same opportunities in exploring career options and experiences.

These resources will help guide equity and access for students with disabilities.

General Education, Special Education, and the Nebraska VR need to collaborate with families to provide career educational experiences to students.  The opportunity to experience career based learning has been shown to increase employment success for all students.4

Citations

  1. Community College Research Center, The Postsecondary Achievement of Participants in Dual Enrollment: An Analysis of Student Outcomes in Two States.
  2. NCWD, Understanding the New Vision for Career Development: The Role of Family
    http://www.ncwd-youth.info/understanding-the-new-vision-for-career-development-the-role-of-family

Self-Awareness Resources

ASVAB Career Exploration Program

Career Cluster Informal Checklist Inventory for Students

Career Cluster Informal Checklist Inventory for Students - English

Career Cluster Informal Checklist Inventory for Students - Spanish

Career Conversations (K-12)

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association

Career Conversations (K-12)

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association

Career Conversations for High School - English

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association and Colorado Dept. of Education

Career Conversations for High School - Spanish

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association and Colorado Dept. of Education

Career Conversations for Middle School - English

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association and Colorado Dept. of Education

Career Conversations for Middle School - Spanish

Developed by:  ASCA-American School Counselor Association and Colorado Dept. of Education

Career Training in Today’s Military

Engage

Engage!  Career Exploration and Readiness Curriculum for Middle School Students

GetMyFuture

Self-Assessment, career exploration and planning mobile friendly website, sponsored by US Dept. of Labor.  Great for younger students.

Habitudes for Career Ready Students

MyNextMove

Self-Assessment and career exploration website, sponsored by US Dept. of Labor.

Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Career Readiness Evaluation Rubrics for Work-based Learning

Nebraska Career Readiness Rubrics for High School

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

Poster and Booklet

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards Booklet and checklist

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards, Learning Progressions and Indicators

Why Career Development?

Our goal is to inspire individuals to turn their passion, talent and abilities into successful careers and fulfilling lives.

We believe all individuals should be empowered to choose a meaningful career and education pathway to position themselves for lifelong success.

Choosing a career should never be left to chance or luck.  Ideally, it is an informed decision-making process.

What is important to know?

Professional education and business/industry groups across our state and nation are calling for improved career readiness of our youth. A majority of states have legislation requiring career planning in schools. The world of work has changed. A high school diploma alone no longer guarantees a decent living wage. One reality of today’s workforce, however, that has remained the same is that everyone needs to develop employability and career skills for the workplace. A typical career path today does not necessarily follow the traditional course of high school, college, and long-term employment. Today there are multiple pathways to rewarding careers. Today it is common to anticipate several entrance and exit points among jobs and education and training throughout our working lifetime. Career development skills equip individuals to take ownership in navigating their own career pathway.

Career education is good for students! Career development is positive student development. Research shows; if students see the relevance and meaning in school, it results in improved interest and academic performance. Students become more motivated, self-directed learners when they understand the relationship between academics, career and education planning and achieving their own career goals.

  • Career development allows individuals to discover who they are, what they like to do and what they do best.
  • Many young people are frustrated in school because they do not see the link between their coursework and goals for the future. We want student to understand how coursework and activities can enhance their strengths and move them toward their desired future.
  • Students often have limited exposure to the full range of possible jobs that are available. Without exploration, students may simply resort to selecting careers they see in their immediate surroundings or on television and in the media rather than selecting options that align with their own interest, skills or work values.
  • Nearly all careers require education beyond high school. Knowledge of certifications or degree opportunities, college options, entrance requirements, application process and financial aid is vital for students and families to learn.
  • All students benefit from career development resulting in a personal learning plan and portfolio to guide them through high school graduation and beyond to a postsecondary choice of apprenticeship, higher education, employment, military or entrepreneurship.

This is a Career Development Program Toolkit for:

  • Nebraska Schools including Special Education and High Ability Learners
  • Nebraska VR (Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • Together we can form partnerships with business, industries, our communities and families to achieve systemic career development for every student.

Let’s get started!

Lesson Plans – Grades 8,9,10

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Transitions for All Students

Career Development Supports Transitions for All Students

Successful Student Transitions are Vital to:

  • Nebraska Schools including Special Education
  • Nebraska VR (Vocational Rehabilitation)

Throughout a student’s time in school, many changes or transitions occur.  Students are to adapt to new teachers, new classrooms, new buildings, new schedules and responsibilities while at the same time master higher levels of academic difficulty. Students face challenges at each level of academic development, career development and social/emotional development while in school.

Schools can offer focused support to mitigate transition challenges by informing and preparing students of new expectations, how to adjust to new environments and navigate confidently to each new level toward college and career readiness.  In fact, transitions is a part of school accountability in Nebraska.

What do Nebraska schools and Nebraska VR need to know?

The Nebraska Career Development model including self-awareness, career exploration and planning can directly fit into a transitions program toward college and career readiness.  The model is complimentary to positive transitions for all students.  Nebraska VR and NDE Special Education offer enhanced transitions services for students with disabilities.  It is an effective strategy with intentional focus on strengths of students, then leveraging strengths to overcome obstacles standing in the way to achieving goals.

Seamless college and career transitions are essential for all however students with disabilities have more considerations.

Individuals with disabilities will additionally need to plan for:

  • Benefits planning in relationship to career choices
  • Communicating their disability-related work support and accommodation needs
  • How to find and formally request support or accommodations in education, training and employment settings1

Career and education planning is not just an option provided to students with special services, but it is a requirement based on the law.  Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires Nebraska VR to coordinate with schools to offer Pre-Employment Transitions Services.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates students who qualify for Special Education services have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to guide learning, career planning and transitions.

Nebraska VR

Nebraska VR transition personnel pro­vide transition related services including Pre-Employment Transition Services for students with disabilities throughout the state.  For more information please refer to: http://www.vr.nebraska.gov/students/for_schools.html

Nebraska VR staff will be available, in part­nership with schools, to provide and sup­plement the following Pre-Employment Transition Services:

  1. Job exploration counseling;
  2. Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living;
  3. Work-based learning experiences which may include in-school or after-school opportunities or outside the traditional school setting (including internships) are provided in an integrated environment to the maximum extent possible;
  4. Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in postsecondary educational programs at institutions of higher education; and
  5. Instruction in self-advocacy, which may include peer mentoring.

Nebraska VR staff members provide Pre-Employment Transition Services to students who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services.

Students in high school typically begin working with Nebraska VR during the second semester of their sophomore year. Students typically receive pre-employment transition services under a potentially eligible category with a signed Pre-Employment Consent and Release form. More individualized services require an application for VR services.

Student with a disability:

  • 14-21
  • Eligible for and receiving special education services under an IEP
  • Student receiving services under a Section 504 Plan
  • Students with a disability not receiving services under an IEP or 504 Plan

 Potentially eligible:

  • Students with a disability who have not yet applied or been made eligible for VR services
  • Students with a signed Pre – Employment   Transition   Services Consent and Release form

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

IDEA mandates students who qualify for Special Education services have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to guide learning, career planning and transitions.

Specific documentation of transition planning services in the Individual Education Program (IEP) is required for students verified with disabilities beginning no later than age 16 and younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team.  It may be beneficial to reference 92 NAC 51 (Rule 51).  Visit the Nebraska Department of Education website for Transition at: https://transition.ne.gov.  The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) collects data from every state education agency to ensure that all students are receiving career based planning through the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) at: https://transitionta.org

Lesson Plans

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