Career Exploration & Assessment for Middle and Early High School Students
April 21, 12:00 p.m. ET
Over the past year, it’s been difficult to place students into the workplace and provide career training due to COVID-19. Many of our partners have been able to provide simulated job activities using MECA because it has everything you need for your students to identify interests, explore career activities, practice applied academics and put together an achievable career plan. Sign up for this webinar to dive deeper into the 4 steps to help your middle and high school students:
- ASK IT: Simple questions about likes and dislikes of everyday activities.
- EXPLORE IT: Break down career areas into audio/video format that students follow in order to get their hands dirty. Each career area allows exposure to entry, mid and advanced-level job activities.
- ASSESS IT: Each job-specific assessment demonstrates how math, communication, and problem solving skills relate to the actual demands of the workplace. These help answer the question, “When am I going to learn this?”
- PLAN IT: This makes career planning is exciting to your students because it revolves around their interests. Students learn about a career area and conclude with the “reality check” needed for creating a career pathway.
Presenters: Art Janowiak III and Matt Schmitz
Unifying Your District: Collaborating to Support Student Career Development
March 8, 2:oo p.m. EST
The webinar, based on a “Unifying Your District: Collaborating to Support Student Career Development” publication that Patrick Akos, Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently wrote for ACTE, will focus on advocating for students through collaboration of CTE professionals. Successful student pathways are developed when educators, counselors, CTE coordinators, CTE industry experts and parents are aligned to facilitate informed decisions about students’ futures. In today’s fast paced society, it is imperative students are provided academic pathways that lead to student career readiness. Join this webinar to learn how to align your school district to support student career development.
A Proven Process to Improve Your Students’ Soft Skills
February 25, 3:00 p.m. EST
In a digital world where technology allows people to be more closely linked than ever before, we seem disconnected. Soft skills are the traits that allow us to reach out and connect with others. Much like emotional intelligence, which is the capacity to express our own emotions and respond to the emotions of those around us, soft skills drive and define personal skills and interpersonal growth. They are also the skills that employers rank near the top of what they look for in their employees. So, what are soft skills and why are they important?
- The top eight soft skills employers are clamoring for in today’s workplace
- How soft skills and emotional intelligence are directly linked to individual’s person and professional success
- How to improve productivity and decrease turnover by focusing on the right criteria
- Best practices and suggestions for evidence-based tools to assess and teach these critical soft skills
Presenters: Art Janowiak III and Matt Schmitz
Delivering Real-World Experiences Webinar
Feb. 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
The webinar, based on a “Delivering Real-World Experiences” publication that Kelli Diemer recently wrote for ACTE, will focus on establishing sustainable and effective work-based learning experiences. Successful real-world experiences should include several key components which will be outlined in the webinar to ensure a positive opportunity for students and employers. In today’s fast paced society, it is imperative students are provided successful work-based learning opportunities. Join this webinar to learn about the nuts and bolts of successful WBL opportunities.
Starting Early – Introducing Career Development in the Early Grades
Jan. 19, 3:00 p.m. EST
Elementary and middle level programs are where student career development begins and an important linkage for leaders to think about related to CTE pathways. This webinar – part of ACTE’s Student Career Development Series sponsored by Xello – will explore how to introduce career development at earlier ages and stages to ensure effective academic and career development in high school.
Moderator: Nicole Cobb, Ed.D., Vice President, ACTE Counseling and Career Development Division; Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (moderator)
- Brian Bontempo, Ed.D., Superintendent, Auburn Career Center and Ohio Technical Center, Concord, OH
- Caroline Cockman, School Counselor, Apex Elementary School, Apex, NC
- Dana Jackson, Executive Director, Counseling Services and College Access, Grand Prairie Independent School District, Grand Prairie, TX
The CTE Research Network seeks to expand the evidence base on the impact of CTE programs on student outcomes, and is working to implement more rigorous research—studies designed to show a causal impact—to meet that goal. But what is “causal impact” and what do CTE educators need to know related to the topic? This webinar will feature an introduction to the CTE Research Network, an overview of its goals and activities, and a discussion with several leading researchers about the value of causal impact and other research methodologies.