Career Clusters, Education Development Plans,
Classroom Instruction and the Transition to College:
How it all Fits Together
For today's high school and college students, getting the right mix of academic and career training to enter the workforce is critical. Together, LCC, the State of Michigan, business and industry, and the local school district have worked diligently over the years to provide rigorous academic preparation and practical career technical education to help provide a smooth transition for students from high school to college to the workforce.
Students who understand the relevance between what's being taught in high school and how it will benefit them later in life - in college and eventually in the workplace - generally find their high school experience to be more rewarding, meaningful and successful.
For parents and students, understanding the "whys" behind these connections and taking an active role in academic and career planning helps motivate learners to excel in their studies, succeed in high school, and be prepared for success in college and beyond.
Developing clear educational and career goals early in the high school experience can lead to valuable intellectual as well as personal satisfaction, not to mention monetary pay-offs. High school is much more than mastering the fundamentals of math, science, language arts, history and geography. And in today's competitive global marketplace, earning a college degree is more valuable and necessary than ever.
To help students make successful transitions from the K-12 experience to the undergraduate level to the workplace, three components were designed to benefit students: career exploration through career clusters, Education Development Plans and articulated credit.
Employers need highly-trained workers with specific
employability skills such as being able to:
- Identify problems in data, reason numerically, and use data to solve problems.
- Use the Internet and e-mail.
- Use a common word-processing program, spreadsheets, and database management program.
- Think creatively, solve problems effectively and quickly, and excel in a team environment.
- Extract important ideas from written words, graphs and tables and apply that knowledge to solve problems and answer questions.
- Communicate verbal and written ideas clearly, concisely, accurately, and logically.
Career exploration coupled with the Education Development Plans and high school and college coursework help students gain critical employability skills. Education Development Plans completed by students in conjunction with their high school counselors and career exploration experiences provided through career cluster experiences, together form a key component in the foundation of success.