Over the past year, my team has had the chance to reflect on the rapid changes happening in education. Schools are more clearly defining student pathways and they’re discovering they can utilize technology to implement changes that will have a profound impact on the trajectory of a student. That’s where we come in. As an EdTech company, our ultimate goal is to make both students and schools successful.
Think back to the days when you were a student yourself. What sort of resources or tools did your school provide to help you think about your life beyond your education? Or did you even think about the next step before it was time to graduate? You might be surprised to learn that the pathway process should really begin as early as elementary school. Students can be introduced to careers through various methods, whether it’s workplace tours at local businesses, in-school speakers from a variety of industries, or hands-on labs that give students a tactile working experience.
Once students reach middle school, they can further explore career options by interviewing a businessperson or taking an interest inventory. Now is the time to expose them to potential high school pathways and get them involved in a career mentorship program. By the end of 8th grade, they should have met with a guidance counselor and identified the courses they will take their first year in their personal career pathway.
High school is the time when students evaluate and validate their pathway completion plan. A well-designed pathway will provide pathway-specific course options at each grade level based on student eligibility and continuation options for student’s post-graduation, whether that be college, work and/or job-specific training. Things like job shadowing and internships as well as college credit or certification courses should be the norm in high school. When students graduate, they should have a resume in hand regardless of their next step.
Of course, student pathways are most successful when everyone aligns. Schools, businesses, and communities must come together and discuss how to bridge the gap between the workforce and education, so that in-demand job requirements are being met and schools are offering students the proper courses and training for life well beyond 12th grade. My team is helping to make this happen and I couldn’t be prouder.
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