Career Coaching

Our career-coaching model looks at the entire student; it's a holistic approach. It results in a more detailed picture of student interests, knowledge, skills, and experience. We supplement local high school curricula by employing a specific process to identify career aspirations and empower students to make the most informed decisions about their career and educational plans.

In addition we provide students with a framework to help them achieve the highest levels of success during their post-secondary education and training. We work with them to identify a pathway that will lead them from community college (and other post secondary programs) to apprenticeships and training, finally resulting in career success and realizing financial goals.

The career coaching model provides the following:

  • Family Involvement: Family members and people who typically influence a young person’s life are important to support career goals. People outside the school setting can serve as role models and advocates for the student and can support the development of post-school goals.
  • Culturally Responsiveness: The world is diverse and cross-cultural experiences are more frequent in and out of the work environment. Infusing culturally relevant information into early career awareness programs will prepare students to function in a behavior that is culturally responsible.
  • Career Awareness Opportunities: Professional community members visit the schools for career talks, career fairs and career days. Students are able to hear the current trends and experiences of various professionals directly from the individuals in the labor force.
  • Real-life and Practical Experiences: Real-world experiences serve as a way for students to build relationships with those in the surrounding/local communities. Field trips to local workplaces, such as offices, hospitals, factories, and farms are places where students can learn first-hand the demands of various occupations, including the types of responsibilities, expectations, and limitations that may be present in a specific job.
  • Work Readiness: Students learn the realities of workplace etiquette, education qualifications needed for specific jobs, and routine early in their education. These skills include: being on time, working with managers, supervisors, and coworkers, and the consequences of high performance and quality work.
  • Labor Market: Developing goals that are consistent with the realities of the workplace and the demands of the labor market are important life skills. Students will learning how to navigate the internet, search classified ads, and network to obtain information about national and local job markets and the potential for future employment within specific jobs.
  • Career and Academic Curriculum: Teaching academic content such as reading or math to specific occupations demonstrates the link between school and work.