School Counselor’s Role in Tech Prep and Work Based Learning Carol Jurgens Director - Tech Prep/WBL Nebraska Department of Education c jurgens @nde.state.ne.us www.nde.state.ne.us/TECHPREP/WBL 402-471-0948
Raising Our Sights No High School Senior Left Behind www.woodrow.org
In the agricultural age ,
postsecondary education was a
pipe dream for most Americans.
In the industrial age
it was the birthright of only a few.
By the space age ,
it became common for many.
Today , it is just common sense for all.
National Commission on the HS Senior Year
Raising Our Sights No High School Senior Left Behind Recommendations
Improve A lignment
Raise A chievement
Provide More (and more rigorous) A lternatives
Capstone /Research Project, Internship, Service Learning
Preparation in HS that readies students for postsecondary education , work , & life
Raising Our Sights No High School Senior Left Behind Broad Definition of Postsecondary Education
2 and 4 year colleges
Corporate training programs
Distance learning opportunities
Some programs offer degrees or certificates; others do not
“ Postsecondary success hinges on two factors: Academic skills and Commitment that comes from Career Direction ” Getting Real: Helping Teens Find Their Future ; Kenneth Gray, Penn State University
A core set of standards that are broad and introductory.
The academic and technical knowledge and skills necessary to pursue career opportunities within the cluster.
A pathway is more defined leading to specialties within the career cluster.
Specialization may include certification, degrees, or licenses.
Cluster Foundation Core Knowledge and Skills Cluster Pathways Career Specialties CAREER CLUSTER FRAMEWORK 16
Cluster Foundation Core Knowledge & Skills Categories
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Ethics and Legal Responsibilities
Information Technology Applications
Employability and Career Development
Safety, Health and Environmental
Leadership and Teamwork
"Our 16 broad career clusters will help students enhance the link between the knowledge they acquire in school and the skills they need to pursue their dreams. Without limiting students, career clusters help them focus on an area of interest or a possible career path." Richard W. Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education
"Career clusters assist counselors in individualizing students' education plans to help students achieve career goals." Nancy Fleming Assistant Superintendent David (UT) School District
Academy of Information Technology Suggested Framework for a 4 + 2 Curriculum Secondary Postsecondary Grade English Mathematics Science Social Studies Health, Computer, & Cluster Cluster 14 2 nd Semester 14 1 st Semester 13 2 nd Semester 13 1 st Semester 9 10 11 12 English I English II English III English IV English Composition Speech Communications Technical Writing Literature / Humanities Elective Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Calculus / Advanced Math Calculus / Advanced Math Biology Chemistry / Physical Science Physics / Physical Science General Elective UNIX Operating System General Elective U.S. History World History / Government Foreign Lang I / Soc Sci / Humanities Windows Visual Basic I Social Science Elective IT Elective Foreign Lang II / Soc Sci / Humanities Health / PE Web Page Design Adv’ed Web Tools C++ Programming Advanced Programming Elective Logic & Problem Solving for Programming Programming II Advanced Programming Elective Strategies for Success Intro to IT Telecomm’ns Communications / Networking Local Area Networking Intro to Microcomputers Databases Internetworking Programming I Digital Media Systems
University degree is a 1 st class ticket to professional or managerial jobs and high wages.
Getting Real – Dr. Kenneth Gray – Corwin Press - 2000
REALITY. . .
Only university graduates that find commensurate employment make 50% more than high school graduates.
REALITY . . .
University degree is like a ticket on an oversold airline flight – some will get on the plane – some will not and will join the ranks of the “underemployed”.
REALITY . . .
1960 - only 1 in 7 failed to find college-level work
Today - at best - 1 in 3 are failing to find college-level work/in the professions it’s closer to 1 in 2.
A University Degree Guarantees Access to Professional Occupations and High Wages
Where HS Seniors Expect to be Employed Source: U.S. Department of Education 3.7% 8.4% 6.0% Technician 0.3% 5.3% 2.8% Craft/ Precision Mfg. 5.4% 6.6% 6.0% Manager 68.8% 49.3% 59.0% Professional Females Males All Seniors Occupations
Job Outlook for University Graduates in 2006 Source: National Center for Educational Statistics 57% 734,300 1,268,000 Bachelors 10% 43,000 450,000 Masters 97% 46,000 47,900 Doctorate 73% 58,200 79,300 Professional % finding employment Demand Supply Degree level