COMING JANUARY 2022! A More Robust Career Connected Learning Platform
Over 50 percent of high school seniors and recent graduates say that no one in their high school helped them discover their career interests or helped them think about career options. That means that at least half of American teens are making decisions about postsecondary education and training and work after high school with very little understanding about what career options might be a good fit for them.
With CareerSmart Schools, every educator, school counselor, and administrator can access easy-to-use resources to help them implement career-related classroom lessons and schoolwide activities. As a result, the adults in the school feel more confident in delivering career-related supports, and students feel more inspired and empowered to make decisions about learning and work beyond high school.
CareerSmart Schools is designed to be used in concert with any of the widely used career exploration online systems, including YouScience, Kuder, Xello, and Naviance. CareerSmart Schools complements, but does not duplicate, the core functions of those systems.
The CareerSmart Schools system provides a comprehensive set of resources, including career information resources, lesson plans, activity plans, and how-to guides. There are seven sections of resources included in the base subscription.
The WHY for Career Connected Learning
Schools are encouraged to begin with the WHY for Career Connected Learning, especially when school leaders are hoping to implement a schoolwide or districtwide career readiness initiative.
This section of CareerSmart Schools provides compelling information through useful videos, ready-to-show slides, talking points, and infographics. The WHY section shares data about poor college completion rates, challenges with the “adulting” process for young adults, and the fact that millions of solid skilled jobs go unfilled because young workers don’t know about these opportunities or how to access them. This type of information helps leaders make a strong case that the status quo approach to education isn’t working well enough, even for students who are performing well academically and plan to attend a four-year college or university.
In addition to critical information about the WHY, this section also contains Think Tank Guides – simple-to-implement learning experiences for small groups of educators, helping them engage in constructive dialogue and learning around career readiness topics.
Career Exploration Resources
This section includes quick-start lesson plans, classroom and school-based activity guides, and Career Focus Kits that contain curated information on career fields closely connected to academic courses and CTE pathways.
Special Work-based Learning Activities
In this section, educators have access to guides for planning career-related events, like career fairs, and outside off campus learning experiences, such as job shadows and worksite tours.
Engaging Business and Industry Partners
This section includes guides and resources about how to recruit and work with business and industry partners, so they stay engaged in your school’s Career Connected Learning activities.
Workplace Success Skills
Help your school or district define workplace success skills and assess student preparedness through rubrics, lessons, and activities.
Pathways System Decision Guide & Resources
A step-by-step guide with all the related materials you need to develop a world-class Career Pathways System.
Pathway Program Design Guide
A simple-to-follow guide for designing a new Pathway Program or upgrading existing CTE courses into a Pathway Program of Study.
Training and Support
CareerSmart Schools subscriptions include a variety of training and support opportunities to ensure your team gets the most out of the platform. NC3T also offers on-site professional development for the CareerSmart platform as well as on-site training incorporated into other NC3T professional development, such as pathways implementation and employer engagement for an additional cost.
New User Orientation Webinars help new users learn how to log-on, navigate and use resources across the CareerSmart platform.
User Community Webinars allow users to learn about how to implement specific resources within the system, and to interact with other users from other schools using CareerSmart.
All User Community Webinars are recorded and stored on the system for viewing at any time.
Users have 24-7 access to system user guides, answers to frequently asked questions, and the ability to reach out to Customer Service for help and support. An NC3T representative will respond within one business day to help users resolve technical system problems.
CareerSmart Schools is built on a web-based platform easily accessible from all devices. Schools can purchase a one-year subscription that provides access to every teacher and staff member in the school. Multi-site subscriptions are also available, and discounts apply when three or more schools are included.
There is no additional cost for the main district or school administrator account.
Multi-site discounts are offered. Contact JoLynn Fletcher via email, [email protected], to learn more!
Premium Content Coming Soon!
In Summer 2022, CareerSmart Schools will offer a new career development curriculum that can be used in a wide variety of middle school and high school environments.