What is Career Preparation?

Career Preparation is the term used to describe a variety of activities that are available during your child’s education in order to prepare them for success beyond their K-12 education. Reeths-Puffer Schools is committed to provide many opportunities for students to become prepared for the future. Although they are too many to list, these opportunities include the following: 

  • Strong Academics – Developing basic skills in reading, spelling, writing, mathematics, social studies and science.

  • Technology Education – This is much more than computers! Technology education includes teaching students to develop and solve problems that require complex tools and processes.

  • Service-Learning – Students have opportunities to learn academic skills in real-world applications while providing service to their community. Service-Learning provides students with exposure to many career options and builds employability skills such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.

  • Career Exploration – Study trips, classroom speakers, job-shadows and internships are just a few of the many exploration opportunities our students enjoy.  Many teachers design assignments and activities around career exploration. Special programs such as working on sales projects and career fairs also provide a variety of career exploration experiences.

  • Exploring Interests – Middle and High School students participate in activities to help them determine their aptitudes, and they take interest inventories using tools such as Career Cruising, which allows students to match areas of interest and ability with various jobs. They also use Career Cruising to develop their Individualized Development Plans. 

  • Employability Skills – In addition to learning good classroom work habits such as study skills, time management and effective use of math, science and language skills, students also learn how to be good team members in the workplace. These include Life Skills at the elementary level.

Common Core for Career and Tech Ed

  • "Career Technical Education (CTE) is helping our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement and global competitiveness. Some 14 million students are enrolled in CTE—encompassing every state, with programs in nearly 1,300 public high schools and 1,700 two-year-colleges."  National Center of Education Statistics 
  • "Implementation of the Common Core State Standards presents an opportunity for education leaders to "bridge the divide" across disciplines, such as academic and CTE areas, and provide a more rigorous and relevant learning experience for students."  (May 2012) Achieve with NASDCTEc and ACTE

  • "NASDCTEc Executive Director Kimberly Green co-authored this report with colleagues from Georgetown's CEW and the NRCCTE. The report, based on a previous report by CEW ("Help Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018"), analyzes how labor market needs relate to the sixteen Career Clusters and discusses implications for Career Technical Education (CTE)." See full report (Link)

  • "The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE) that states can adopt voluntarily. The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers. The initiative is being coordinated by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), which represents the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult CTE across the nation. "  CTE webpage (Link)

  • The Career Ready Practices component of the CCTC provides a framework for the developmental experiences necessary to becoming career ready.  Each Career Ready Practice includes an overarching statement along with a more detailed description.  The 12 overarching standards include:

    • Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.

    • Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.

    • Attend to personal health and financial well-being.

    • Communicate clearly and effectively and with reason.

    • Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.

    • Demonstrate creativity and innovation.

    • Employ valid and reliable research strategies.

    • Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

    • Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.

    • Plan education and career paths aligned to personal goals.

    • Use technology to enhance productivity.

    • Work productively in teams while using cultural global competence.
  • For more information about the Career Practices see the webpage (Link) or the attached document from the website.  (Link)
Additional CTE Informational Resources
  • Overview Video (Link)
  • CTE Learning What Works Video (Link)
  • Michigan Career and Tech Ed Statistics Document (Link)