Edison Local School District Career Advising Policy

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Edison Local School District Counseling Program Goal

The counseling program at Edison Local School District is designed to reach the entire student population by providing support for the academic, career, personal and social needs of each student.  We aspire to work together with our families to inspire exceptional student achievement.

 

Philosophy for adopting a career advising policy

Ohio law requires that all districts adopt a local policy for career advising.  Beyond that, most experts contend that an integrated process that encompasses student's personal interests, academic achievement and core values with a career plan will prepare students for the future.

 

Implementation and evaluation of the policy

The policy will be reviewed at least once every two years.  Additionally, this policy will be made available to parents/guardians, local businesses, school personnel, military, post-secondary institutions and district residents.

 

 

Definitions - (Source: Ohio Department of Education)

 

Academic Pathways - A specific plan of coursework, programs, and experiences that students complete to earn a diploma and/or credentials.

 

Career Advising - An integrated process that helps students understand how their personal interests, strengths, and values might predict satisfaction and success in school and related career fields, linking these interests and strengths to their academic and career goals.

 

Career Connections Learning Strategies - Grade-level examples that link coursework to career fields

 

Career Fields- 16 categories of industries and related occupations based common characteristics

 

Career Pathways- A collective look at education and training, wage, and outlook information for related occupations

 

Documentation - Evidence of services provided to students; activities completed by students related to Career Connections Framework (awareness, exploration, planning and preparation).

 

Early Warning System - Data indicators that help identify at-risk students

 

Online Tools - Any web-based resources or tools, such as Ohio Means Jobs, that students can use to discover their career interests, explore career and education options, and develop an individual plan.

 

Student Success Plan - A formalized process to help students develop goals and plans for success.

 

Successful Transitions and Postsecondary Destinations - Acceptance to and enrollment in a post-secondary education or training program at an institution of higher education without remediation.

 

GRADE 6: CAREER EXPLORATION AND INTERESTS

▪       Create a backpack on the Ohio Means Jobs website

▪       Team meetings to discuss students on success plans with current grade level teachers 

▪       Complete Learning Style activity and discuss how this could relate to employment options

▪       Complete Career Cluster Inventory (OMJ) 

▪       Career exploration activity: (Social Studies classroom)

▪       Research a career of interest from inventory and report on education level, salary, etc.  (ELA classroom) 

▪       Veterans Day assembly to expose students to careers in the military field 

▪       Career Day with invited speakers from the community.  Students will choose which careers they would like to learn more about using the information from the Career Cluster Inventory

▪       Career exploration activity:  (Science Classroom)

▪       Provide opportunities for job shadowing as follow up to career day.

▪       Career exploration activity: (Math classroom)

▪       Document reflection of career exploration activities (electronic portfolio or pencil/paper)

▪       Career exploration activity: Test Taking Tips (All classrooms)

▪       Meet individually with students to determine their path for the upcoming school year.  Use reflection/expectation questionnaire 

▪       Meet with grade level teams to discuss students’ achievement and candidates for student success plans

▪       Meet with student and parent to review student success plan to be implemented for the following school year.

 

GRADE 7: CAREER EXPLORATION AND INTERESTS

▪       Career Tech Pre-Engineering Technologies & Manufacturing Technologies

▪       Career Tech  Arts & Visual Communication class

▪       Revisit backpack on the Ohio Means Jobs website to update

▪       Team meetings to discuss students on success plans with current grade level teachers 

▪       Career exploration activity:  (Social Studies class)

▪       Revisit Career Cluster Inventory (OMJ) 

▪       Career exploration activity: (Science classroom)

▪       Begin choosing careers of interest which will be used to develop Career Day or job shadowing (Social Studies class)

▪       Women in S.T.E.M Conference for select students

▪       Veterans Day assembly to expose students to careers in the military field 

▪       Career Day with invited speakers from the community.  Students will choose which careers they would like to learn more about using the information from the Career Cluster Inventory 

▪       Career exploration activity: (ELA classroom)

▪       Provide opportunities for job shadowing as follow up to career day.

▪       Use the Budgeting Calculator component of OMJ to research how earnings will fit into future plans (during specials)

▪       Document reflection of career exploration activities (electronic portfolio or pencil/paper)

▪       Career exploration activity:  (Math class)

▪       Career exploration activity:  Test Taking Tips (All classrooms) 

▪       Meet individually with students to determine their path for the upcoming school year.  Use reflection/expectation questionnaire

▪       Meet with grade level teams to discuss students’ achievement and candidates for student success plans

▪       Meet with student and parent to review student success plan to be implemented for the following school year.

 

GRADE 8: CAREER EXPLORATION AND INTERESTS

▪       Career Tech Information Technology & Web Design

▪       Revisit backpack on the Ohio Means Jobs website

▪       Team meetings to discuss students on success plans with current grade level teachers 

▪       Career exploration activity:  Becoming a Proactive Worker (Social Studies class)

▪       Field trip to EHOVE Career Center 

▪       Career exploration activity:  (Language Arts class) 

▪       Women in S.T.E.M Conference for select students

▪       Begin choosing careers of interest which will be used to develop Career Day (Science class)

▪       Veterans Day assembly to expose students to careers in the military field 

▪       Career Day with invited speakers from the community.  Students will choose which careers they would like to learn more about using the information from the Career Cluster Inventory 

▪       Career exploration activity: (Math class) 

▪       Provide opportunities for job shadowing as follow up to career day.

▪       Students to meet with high school representatives to discuss courses for freshman year

▪       Orientation for students and parents at Edison HighSchool

▪       Document reflection of career exploration activities (electronic portfolio or pencil/paper)

▪       Career exploration activity: More Than the Minimum  (Science class)

▪       Test taking tips to aid with classroom and standardized testing (All core classrooms) 

▪       Meet individually with students to determine their path for the upcoming school year.  Use reflection/expectation questionnaire

▪       Meet with grade level teams to discuss students’ achievement and candidates for student success plans

▪       Meet with student and parent to review student success plan to be implemented for the following year

 

GRADE 9: CAREER EXPLORATION AND INTERESTS

 

The overarching career advising goal of freshman year is to offer students the opportunity to participate in SELF-ASSESSMENT.  The goal of these assessments is to develop an awareness of skills, values, interests and personality traits that ultimately impact career choices.  Assessment tools help students gain a better understanding of their qualities, expand career options and find good matches based on unique characteristics.  These assessments will be completed using the Ohio Means Jobs website and other classroom activities. 

 

The following activities are related to career advising and will supplement those implemented to achieve the above goal:

 

▪       Counselor Introduction (Classroom Guidance) – Educate students on available resources, contacts within the high school, explain the role of school counselor, overview of transcripts and link academics to future success

▪       Team meetings to discuss students on success plans with current grade level teachers 

▪       Graduation Requirements (Classroom Guidance) – Educate students on high school academic and career pathway options to earn a high school diploma, industry-recognized credentials and/or college credit

▪       Attend “Future Makers” event at EHOVE Career Center to focus on available manufacturing careers/opportunities

▪       Offer Freshman Focus course to recommended students

▪       Course Registration/Schedule Overview (Classroom Guidance) – Educate students on available courses, career pathways and registration procedures during classroom guidance prior to individual scheduling meetings with students.  Provide copies of registration forms. 

▪       Graduation Requirement Clarification Meetings – Educate families on current graduation requirements/options as needed

▪       College Credit Plus Informational Meeting

▪       Meet individually with students to determine their academic plan for the upcoming school year

▪       Testing Tips (Classroom Guidance) – Educate students on the best practices to be successful on standardized assessments

▪       Meet with grade level teams to discuss student achievement and candidates for student success plans

▪       Career Exploration Activities in Classrooms – Include embedded Career Connections Learning Strategies across all content areas

 

Vision for the Future:  Increase exposure to in-demand career options.

 

 

GRADE 10: CAREER EXPLORATION AND INTERESTS

 

The overarching career advising goal of sophomore year is to provide students with the required resources and information to EXPLORE CAREER OPTIONS.  Students will learn that there are many avenues to explore various majors and careers.  This includes library resources, the internet, conducting information interviews and volunteering.  Specific instructions will be provided on how students can locate the following: job details, job outlook, educational requirements, salary expectations and other key career information.  Students will continue to use the Ohio Means Jobs (ohiomeansjobs.com) website and be introduced to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.bls.gov/ooh). 

 

The following activities are related to career advising and will supplement those implemented to achieve the above goal:

 

▪       Counselor Introduction (Classroom Guidance) – Educate students on available resources, contacts within the high school, explain the role of school counselor, overview of transcripts and link academics to future success

▪       Team meetings to discuss students on success plans with current grade level teachers 

▪       Graduation Requirements (Classroom Guidance) – Educate students on high school academic and career pathway options to earn a high school diploma, industry-recognized credentials and/or college credit

▪       Pre-ACT Testing Opportunity

▪       PSAT/NMSQT Testing Opportunity

▪       EHOVE Career Center Education – Large group assembly to introduce available career and technical programs

▪       EHOVE Career Center Field Trip – Voluntary field trip for interested students

▪       Course Registration/Schedule Overview (Classroom Guidance) – Educate students on available courses, career pathways and registration procedures during classroom guidance prior to individual scheduling meetings with students.  Provide copies of registration forms. 

▪       Graduation Requirement Clarification Meetings – Educate families on current graduation requirements/options as needed

▪       Offer Career Learning Strategies course to recommended students

▪       College Credit Plus Informational Meeting

▪       Meet individually with students to determine their academic plan for the upcoming school year

▪       Testing Tips (Classroom Guidance) – Educate students on the best practices to be successful on standardized assessments

▪       Meet with grade level teams to discuss student achievement and candidates for student success plans

▪       Career Exploration Activities in Classrooms – Include embedded Career Connections Learning Strategies across all content areas

▪       Offer Career and College Readiness course to interested students

 

Vision for the Future:  Partnering with community guest speakers based on the identified “popular” career clusters. 

 

GRADE 11: CAREER EXPLORATION AND INTERESTS

 

The overarching career advising goal of junior year is to assist students with linking self-assessment to their career exploration activities.   Junior year is a critical stage in the career planning process.  By the end of this year, students should have a generalized career direction and post-secondary vision.  However, we know that as people grow and develop career choices are oftentimes reevaluated.  Therefore, we hope that students learn a process that fosters flexibility and confidence in career planning and allows them to make the best decisions.  Students will be encouraged to DECIDE their direction and establish a “Plan of Action”, but will not be pressured to select one specific career.  The staff at Edison High School strives to expose students to many different post-secondary options.   

 

The following activities are related to career advising and will supplement those implemented to achieve the above goal:

 

▪       Team meetings to discuss students on success plans with current grade level teachers 

▪       College Planning (Classroom Guidance) – Educate students on college admission testing (ex: ACT), give an overview of the college planning process, provide website resources including access to online practice tests and test prep courses, outline importance of college visits

▪       Provide checklists for completion during Junior year for college, career and military pathways

▪       Pre-ACT Testing Opportunity

▪       PSAT/NMSQT Testing Opportunity

▪       ACT Bootcamp offered in Fall and Spring

▪       College Night and Fair – Educate parents and students on the college planning process.  Make post-secondary institutions available during college night

▪       ACT Testing Opportunities at EHS

▪       ASVAB Testing and Career Exploration Program

▪       Offer Career Learning Strategies course to recommended students

▪       Graduation Requirement Clarification Meetings – Educate families on current graduation requirements/options as needed

▪       Arrange at least one group college visit where students can visit a college campus during the school day

▪       Course Registration/Schedule Overview (Classroom Guidance) – Educate students on available courses, career pathways and registration procedures during classroom guidance prior to individual scheduling meetings with students.  Provide copies of registration forms.

▪       College Credit Plus Informational Meeting

▪       Meet individually with students to determine their academic plan for the upcoming school year

▪       Testing Tips (Classroom Guidance) – Educate students on the best practices to be successful on standardized assessments

▪       Meet with grade level teams to discuss student achievement and candidates for student success plans

▪       Career Exploration Activities in Classrooms – Include embedded Career Connections Learning Strategies across all content areas

▪       Offer Career and College Readiness course to interested students

▪       Health Professionals to Be Club - Includes career exploration of advanced medical fields with HIPAA training

▪       Cleveland Clinic Worldwide Classroom Partnership - Students can participate in interactive webinars designed to expose them to careers in medical sciences

▪       Lunch & Learn Sessions throughout the year on various topics including: College, Careers and Military Options

▪       Presentation on “Success in the New Economy” including the video explaining the 1:2:7 ration and future employment demands

▪       Job Shadow Opportunities – Make contacts with local employers and assist with setting up job shadow opportunities as requested

▪       College Representative Visits – Make college admission representatives available to students during the school day

 

Vision for the Future:  Incorporating a Service Learning Project.  Establishing an ACT preparation opportunity. 

 

 

GRADE 12: CAREER EXPLORATION AND INTERESTS

 

The overarching career advising goal of senior year is to ensure that students have a clear direction regarding their post-secondary plans and that they ACT upon these plans to move closer to career goals.  Now that students have identified a career direction and their post-secondary intentions, they will put their plans into action.  This includes selecting their final college choice, applying for financial aid, completing scholarships, enlisting in the military, securing job placements and any other required steps based on individual goals. 

 

 The following activities are related to career advising and will supplement those implemented to achieve the above goal:

 

▪       Senior individual meetings to complete credit check, discuss graduation status, awards and post-secondary plans

▪       Team meetings to discuss students on success plans

▪       College Planning (Classroom Guidance) – Updates on the college planning process, provide website resources, guidance on completing applications and essays, provide information on scholarships and financial aid, complete “brag sheets” for letters of recommendations, etc.

▪       Provide monthly checklists for completion during Senior year for college, career and military pathways

▪       College Night and Fair – Educate parents and students on the college planning process.  Make post-secondary institutions available during college night

▪       Financial Aid Information Night – Educate parents and students on the financial aid process and FAFSA

▪       Graduation Requirement Clarification Meetings – Educate families on current graduation requirements/options as needed

▪       ACT Testing Opportunities at EHS

▪       ACT Bootcamp offered in Fall and Spring

▪       ASVAB Testing and Career Exploration Program

▪       Offer Senior Seminar English course to recommended students resulting in a graduation portfolio

▪       Health Professionals to Be Club - Includes career exploration of advanced medical fields with HIPAA training

▪       Cleveland Clinic Worldwide Classroom Partnership - Students can participate in interactive webinars designed to expose them to careers in medical sciences

▪       Senior individual meetings to discuss graduation status/concerns and ensure students are acting upon post-secondary plans mid-year

▪       Organize the “Alternative Education Day” for all  Edison seniors where they participate in either a community service project, complete a college visit or job shadow opportunity  on a specified day in March.

▪       Provide information on national, state and local scholarships

▪       Career Exploration Activities in Classrooms – Include embedded Career Connections Learning Strategies across all content areas

▪       Offer Career and College Readiness course to interested students

▪       Job Shadow Opportunities – Make contacts with local employers and assist with setting up job shadow opportunities as requested

▪       College Representative Visits – Make college admission representatives available to students during the school day

▪       Organize the Edison “EDGE” day where seniors get exposure to “real world” information prior to gradation.  This includes financial literacy, soft skills, mock interviews and much more.

▪       Lunch & Learn Sessions throughout the year on various topics including: College, Careers and Military Options

 

 

Vision for the Future:  Consider expansion of internships and job shadow opportunities.  

 

 

DISTRICT INITIATIVE: EDISON WORKS

 

The Edison Works Program is a collaborative partnership between Edison Local School District (Pre K - 12) area businesses and Erie/Huron county economic development leaders.  We are committed to creating a high level of academic and personal achievement and preparing all students for success in

school, the workplace and life. The WORKS program was developed to accomplish the following goals:

 

   1.            Prepare students for current employment needs in our local area

   2.            Develop self-starting independent thinkers

   3.            Enhance Math, Science and Technology education

   4.            Build partnerships between Edison Local Schools and local businesses

 

▪       Teacher & Staff tours of Area Businesses

▪       Edison Works Soft Skills Presentation for staff with guest speaker

▪       Erie & Huron County Economic Development presentation to staff on local employment trends and workforce needs

▪       Quarterly Edison Works Partner meetings where business partners can tour the buildings and discuss program goals, employment needs and continued partner contributions

▪       Lunch & Learn meetings for students with area business leaders

▪       Classroom presentations conducted by area business leaders

▪       Student tours of local businesses allowing students to interact with local employees

 

 

Vision for the Future:  Job Shadow Opportunities, Career Fairs, Parent Presentations, Internships, Mock Interviews, Business Partner Exposure