Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force

Reporting Back: Summary Notes from Groups

October 28, 2013

Group 1:

Need to re-examine exit (graduation) expectations for grade 12 to value differentiated types of degrees.

Need greater awareness of career fields, labor market information, and the probabilities of success

Do back-planning from 2016 and scale expectations to that plan

Engage multi-generational conversations in families, especially those in which adults have not participated in postsecondary education

All students should have access to a resource person for career and lifelong learning

Every student should have a documented experiential learning opportunity

Technology should be embedded into career planning.

Four primary proposals –

• Embed career planning into all K-12 academic standards
• Fund a campaign to market differentiated career opportunities
• Set goals
• Allow districts flexibility in the academic year

Group 2:

• Implement the requirement for all students to develop a career and postsecondary plan
• Require school districts to have portable electronic tools to maintain student career plans
• We can’t rely only on guidance counselors – teachers need to be trained in career guidance
• Make career planning a graduation requirement and embed it in the academic standards

Group 3:

• Planning should be comprehensive, addressing academics, careers, financial literacy
• Experiential learning should be more widely used: move away from imparting information to providing experiences
• We need earlier exposure to jobs and how to make informed decisions
• Advisory periods are important; a place where planning can occur. Advisory time needs to be ongoing
• 21st Century careers and regional workforce trends should be incorporated more readily into planning for individuals and institutions