Careers & Community Outreach

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     By the end of 9th grade
    A student should be supported to:

    • Know general cost ranges of various post-secondary institutions
    • Understand that taking the right courses in high school can reduce the cost of college
    • Know how salary impacts the standard of living
    • Complete an orientation to career clusters
    • Complete a career cluster survey
    • Complete an elective course to explore career interests
    • Attend a career exploration day (Ask the Expert Day)
    • Develop public speaking skills
    • Complete a unit on education planning
    • Know the relationship between coursework, attendance, and grades to postsecondary plans
    • Meet with a school counselor to track progress and/or revise postsecondary plans
    • Show evidence of a postsecondary plan

    By the end of 10th grade
    A student should be supported to:

    • Outline a plan to pay for college
    • Know the estimated cost of each postsecondary option
    • Be exposed to a financial literacy unit in a course or workshop
    • Know one or two career clusters for further exploration and development
    • Know educational requirements, cost, expected entry-level, and midpoint salary for occupations in selected career clusters
    • Understand the job application process and terms
    • Participate in a mock job interview
    • Compare and contrast personal strengths and weaknesses with career choices
    • Identify 2-3 adults to support the student through the postsecondary and career selection process
    • Know the general timing of postsecondary entrance exams and applications
    • Attend a postsecondary options workshop
    • Review coursework, and postsecondary/career plans in relation to the ISBE College and Career Readiness Indicators
    • Meet with a school counselor to track progress and/or revise postsecondary plans
    • Show evidence of a postsecondary plan

    By the end of 11th grade
    A student should be supported to:

    • Attend a postsecondary affordability workshop with a family member
    • Complete a financial aid assessment with a family member
    • Know where to find scholarship opportunities
    • Know the difference between need-based, merit-based, and self-help student financial aid programs
    • Revisit career cluster interest survey and take a career interest survey
    • Visit at least one workplace aligned with career interests
    • Interview a professional who is working in the desired field
    • Know how career pathways courses and experiences articulate to degree programs at postsecondary options
    • Create a resume
    • Compare and contrast personal strengths and weaknesses with career choices
    • Know entrance requirements, including application deadlines, for expected postsecondary programs of study
    • Take at least one college entrance exam
    • Identify two related postsecondary paths and/or college majors strongly correlated with assessment results
    • Know 3-5 match school, one safety, one reach school for a postsecondary program of study
    • Visit at least 3 postsecondary institutions
    • Revisit a plan for high school courses to prevent remediation at the college level
    • Review coursework, and postsecondary/career plans in relation to the ISBE College and Career Readiness Indicators
    • Meet with a school counselor to track progress and/or revise postsecondary plans
    • Show evidence of a postsecondary plan 

    By the end of 12th grade
    A student should be supported to:

    • By 12/31, attend a FAFSA completion workshop
    • By 12/31, complete the FAFSA
    • Know financial aid deadlines for chosen postsecondary options
    • Learn about debt and credit scores
    • Learn about savings and investments
    • Understand pay stubs, W-2s, and income taxes
    • Create a personal statement
    • Revisit career cluster interest survey and take a career interest survey
    • Compare and contrast personal strengths and weaknesses with career choices
    • By 12/31 Meet with a school counselor to ensure all steps in the postsecondary admissions process are completed on time
    • By 12/31 Complete 3 or more admissions applications to post-secondary institutions
      Review coursework, and postsecondary/career plans in relation to the ISBE College and Career Readiness Indicator
    • Meet with a school counselor to track progress and/or revise postsecondary plans
    • Show evidence of a postsecondary plan
    • Review coursework, and postsecondary/career plans in relation to the ISBE College and Career Readiness Indicators
    • Meet with a school counselor to track progress and/or revise the postsecondary plan
    • Show evidence of a postsecondary plan 

     

     

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