Career Awareness

Career Awareness 

During the early grade levels, students become familiar with careers through learning that connects classroom instruction to future work. Career Awareness strategies introduce students to various types of careers. At the elementary level it is important that student exposure includes a broad spectrum of Career Zones, including careers that are nontraditional for their gender. The targets create learning opportunities that support academic rigor, knowledge and skill development, social emotional learning, and career awareness.

Students have access to Xello, a career exploration tool that identifies their skills and interests that connect with specific careers. The job connections presented to students are in high demand. The process helps create a map, known as an Educational Development Plan (EDP).

About Xello

Ask your student to check out their Xello account! Access Xello online 

If your student doesn’t know or remember their password, inquire with his or her counselor.

Career Tech summer camps!

Another way that local students are exposed early to possible future career paths is through a variety of Char-Em-hosted summer camps for grades 2nd-12th. Visit the camps’ page to learn more about Career Academy for Kids, Welding Academy, Construction Technology Academy, Lineworker Academy, and other camps that may be added.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement’s volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential.

For information about local JA activities, contact your local representative or call (231) 582-4660.

Junior Achievement website

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