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Career Development & Pathways

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CAREER PATHWAY PROGRAMS

         PRE-ENGINEERING        HEALTH & MEDICAL CAREERS        CULINARY        

PRE-TEACHING        BUSINESS & FINANCE 

Virtually everyone in our culture spends the major portion of his or her life preparing for and participating in a career.  Choosing one’s field of work is one of the most important decisions of a lifetime.  It is as important to students who plan to go to college as it is to those who plan to go directly into the workforce after high school.  Both time and money can be saved by choosing a college and/or a college career pathway that leads to a satisfying field of work. 

  PRE-ENGINEERING PATHWAY—PROJECT LEAD THE WAY

 Location:  Stratford High School   (Open to students in grades 9-12 at both high schools.)

 The suggested sequence of elective courses in addition to required academic courses include:

 Grade 9/10          (IED)      Introduction to Engineering Design (Level 1)

Grade 10/11        (POE)    Principles of Engineering (Honors)

Grade 11/12        (DE)       Digital Electronics (Weight - Advanced Placement/UConn ECE)

Grade 12             (EDD)    Engineering Design & Development (Honors)

 In order to take full advantage of the pathway, students should enroll in grade 9/10

 All PLTW courses offer an opportunity for students to earn transferable college credit through the University of New Haven.

 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is centered on the idea of bringing practical application to students while their opinions about careers and interests are still forming.  This Pathway to Engineering program is designed for students seeking more in-depth hands-on knowledge of engineering and technology-based careers. Each of the PLTW courses uses project-based experiences to teach students the key elements and skills of engineering and technology. PLTW is a standards-driven pathway program that continually requires students to reach higher standards in math, science and technology in each of its courses.

 This pathway program is a sequence of courses that introduce students to the rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering college.  Students who do not intend to pursue further formal education will also benefit greatly from the knowledge and logical thought processes that result from taking some or all of the courses provided in the curriculum.  The foundation courses offered include “Introduction to Engineering Design”, “Principles of Engineering” and “Digital Electronics”.  The new Capstone Course is entitled “Engineering Design and Development”.

 While enrolled in any of the Career Pathway Programs students may be eligible to participate in a variety of authentic off-site learning experiences such as: Career Shadowing, Electronic Mentoring,  Pathway Advisory Committee, Internships or Extended Learning Experiences, Professional and Educational Facility Tours, Service Learning, After-school Student Clubs and the ACE Mentor Program.  (ACE – Architecture, Construction Management, Engineering) 


 HEALTH & MEDICAL CAREERS PATHWAY 

Location:  Stratford High School   (Open to all students in grades 10-12 at both high schools)

 The suggested sequence of elective courses in addition to required academic courses include:

Grade 10             Introduction to Health and Medical Careers 1 & 2

Grade 11/12        Medical Careers 3 & 4* (CCP)

Grade 12             Pre-Nursing (Certified Nursing Assistant)

In order to take full advantage of the pathway, students should enroll in grade 10

* Eligible for College Career Pathway credit through Gateway Community College

 This interdisciplinary pathway program offers students an opportunity to explore careers in the health and medical industry through various elective and non-elective courses.  The courses will expose students to the vast array of careers that exist within the health and medical industry. The goal is to create a pathway for students that will help them make good education and career decisions.  The pathway program will provide support and mentoring throughout high school into post-secondary education and/or the workforce. 

 The pathway begins in Grade 10 with a foundations course entitled “Introduction to Health & Medical Careers 1 & 2”.  Upon successful completion of the foundations course, students can apply to Medical Careers 3 & 4 which is open to qualified juniors and seniors.  In addition, the Pre-Nursing course is available to senior students who successfully complete Medical Careers 1 through 4 and are interested in learning more about a career in nursing or other medical fields.  Students learn a core of information common to many careers in the health care field.  Along with reading, writing, and hands-on learning activities, students are exposed to information from a variety of guest speakers from the healthcare field.  Successful completion of the Pre-Nursing Program leads to state registration as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

 While enrolled in the Career Pathway Programs, students may be eligible to participate in a variety of authentic off-site learning experiences such as: Career Shadowing, Electronic Mentoring, Internships and Extended Learning Experiences, Advisory Committees, Professional and Educational Facility Tours, Service Learning Opportunities and the Health & Medical Careers Expo. 


CULINARY CAREERS PATHWAY

 Location:  Stratford High School   (Open to students in grades 9-12 at both high schools)

The suggested sequence of elective courses in addition to required academic courses include:

Grade 9/10          Foods, Nutrition and You

Grade 10/11        Bakeshop 1 & 2 (CCP) *

Grade 11/12        Culinary Arts 1 & 2 (CCP) *

In order to take full advantage of the pathway, students should enroll in grade 9/10

* Eligible for College Career Pathway Credit with Gateway Community College

 The Culinary Arts pathway is designed for students interested in a professional food service career. Advanced courses offered include Bakeshop 1 & 2 and Culinary Arts 1 & 2.  Students learn about the food service industry, commercial equipment and tools, menu planning, restaurant management, and the vast array of careers within the food service industry. Students in Culinary Arts 1 & 2 will run a simulated take-out and sit-down restaurant while students enrolled in Bakeshop will prepare a variety of desserts and baked goods for both.

 While enrolled in any of the Career Pathway Programs students may be eligible to participate in a variety of authentic off-site learning experiences such as: Career Shadowing, Electronic Mentoring, Internships and Extended Learning Experiences, Professional and Educational Facility Tours and Service Learning Projects. 


PRE-TEACHING/SOCIAL SERVICES PATHWAY

 Location:  Bunnell High School (Open to students in grades 9-12 at both high schools)

 The suggested sequence of elective courses in addition to required academic courses include:

Grade 9/10          Child Development 1 & 2

Grade 10/11        Early Childhood Education 1 & 2 (CCP) *

Grade 11/12        Introduction to Individual & Family Development **

 In order to take full advantage of the pathway, students should enroll in grade 9/10

  * Eligible for College Career Pathway Credit from Gateway Community College

** Eligible for ECE UConn credit

This pathway is highly recommended for students who are preparing for careers in education, human development, family studies, social work, and health occupations. The Child Development course covers human growth and development through the toddler stage.  The Early Childhood Education course covers trends in early childhood education with opportunities to observe and work with preschool children.  The newest course entitled Introduction to Individual & Family Development is an introduction to the general study of human development from conception through very old age.  The course examines physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth across the life span.  The course will also include an internship component. *Students will have the opportunity to apply for University of Connecticut college credit in the UCONN (ECE) Early College Experience Program.

While enrolled in the Career Pathway Program, students may be eligible to participate in a variety of authentic off-site learning experiences such as: Career Shadowing, Electronic Mentoring, Internships and Extended Learning Experiences, Advisory Committees, Professional and Educational Facility Tours and Service Learning Projects. 


BUSINESS AND FINANCE PATHWAY

 Location:  Stratford and Bunnell High Schools (Open to students in grades 9-12 at both high schools)

The suggested sequence of elective courses in addition to required academic courses include:   

Grade 9 /10          Keyboarding
                            Microsoft Office
                            Introduction to Business
                            Personal Finance
                            Business Law

Grade 11              Accounting I/Career Planning

Grade 12              Honors, Business and Finance

 

In order to take full advantage of the pathway, students should enroll in grade 9

 The Business and Finance Pathway gives students an opportunity to learn about and prepare for careers in business and finance.  Emphasis is placed on a college preparatory curriculum that is directly linked to the business world. The Pathway courses focus on broad, transferable skills and stress understanding and demonstration of financial industry elements such as: accounting, financial planning, management, banking, credit, economics, money management, technology, investments, and insurance. In addition to their required academic courses, students take one or two specialized courses each semester and an honors level course in their senior year.

 While enrolled in any of the Career Pathway Programs students may be eligible to participate in a variety of authentic off-site learning experiences such as: Career Shadowing, Electronic Mentoring,  Pathway Advisory Committee, Internships or Extended Learning Experiences, Professional and Educational Facility Tours, Service Learning, and after-school Student Organizations.

 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES 6-12

 

(Grades  6-12) Career Cruising

 The Career Cruising Portfolio Tool helps students translate their career and education exploration into concrete plans for success.   The program offers a variety of assessments including career interest inventories, college search programs, learning styles assessments and financial aid/scholarship searches.

(Grades 7/8) School-to-Career and Life Skills

Concepts are included in the exploratory program at each middle school.  Topics such as decision making, problem solving, relationships, career exploration, goal setting, communication, cooperative skills, responsibity, community/volunteer service, and cross-cultural issues, etc. are embedded in the middle school exploratory programm to help in the transition from middle to high school.

(Grade 10) Career Shadowing

Students identify their career preferences and are matched with local business that agree to host the student for the day.  The early formation of career plans can motivate students to continue in school and gain the education necessary to achieve their goals.

(Grades 11/12) Internship (.5 credits—60 hours)

Opportunities are offered to juniors and seniors who want to gain experience and learn more about a particular career field.   Depending on the student’s career pathway, the student is placed at an internship site, which will complement their interests and skills.   Whether the student is selecting a college major or looking for a career, participating in an internship can be a very valuable experience.

(Grades 11/12) Career Planning Seminar

This one-semester course provides the student with an opportunity to develop an individual career portfolio and make plans for their future.  The student will complete an interest inventory, research their career interest, and develop an academic/employment plan of action.  The career portfolio will contain the following documents: a resume, completed employment and college applications, letter of application, thank you for the interview letter, acceptance letter, two reference letters, certificates of achievement, evidence of community activities, and a college essay.  Students will also develop an electronic portfolio that will be a collection of work that tells the story of their efforts, progress, and achievements.  Guest speakers enhance classroom activities.  Students find this course extremely helpful in improving their organizational skills and preparing for their academic and career goals.

(Grades 9-12) Mentoring Programs offered to high school students include:

  • In-School Mentoring Program—establishes a relationship with a caring adult who listens attentively to a student who would benefit from positive support and encouragement from an adult role model.

  • ACE Mentoring Program--an after school program for students interested in careers in Architecture, Construction or Engineering.  Students work with industry professionals on authentic projects designed to expose them to related careers and educational opportunities.

  • Electronic Mentoring Program--connects students electronically with mentors who are employees at local and national companies.  The purpose of this program is for students to gain a better knowledge of various career fields and the education and skills required for these careers.  Students communicate with mentors through a secure web-site or e-mail box.


College Career Pathways Program with Gateway Community College

(Formerly Tech Prep)

  The College Career Pathways Program is designed to provide high school students with an enhanced program in Career and Technology Education.  Students can earn college credit in the following courses:  PC Technician II, Cisco Networking, Introduction to CAD, Transportation II, Advanced Transportation Technology, Introduction to Health & Medical Careers IV, Accounting I, Accounting II, Culinary Arts II, Bakeshop II, and Early Childhood Education II.  The program enables high school students to earn up to 12 credits toward an Associate Degree in a technical field.  These credits can be used at all Connecticut two-year colleges and may be used at any four-year college if negotiated by the student.  In addition, students enrolled in the program can earn credits in language arts, math and science areas.  Students must achieve a "B-" or better grade in the course and teacher recommendation to receive any credits.  To apply for this program, a student must be a junior enrolled in one of the Career and Technology Education programs listed above and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Colleges reserve the right to review student College Career Pathways records prior to approval.


Contact Diane Christiano @ 203-385-4281 or christianod@stratfordk12.org for more information

 

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