High school students need opportunities to learn on the job. Internships and apprenticeships, both paid and for school credit, are critical to help build social capital and transition from high school to career.
In Career Preparation, high school students learn through actual work experiences, meaning their learning is centered around direct interactions with professionals in workplace settings. These experiences provide students an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and abilities through work, as well as how to apply their classroom learning to an authentic work experience.
Career Preparation includes activities like internships and apprenticeships (both paid and for school credit), which are critical to helping students build social capital and successfully transition from high school to career. These experiences provide students an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and abilities through work, as well as how to apply their classroom learning to an authentic work experience.
As students develop their High School and Beyond Plan, they will choose courses that focus their learning on relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to a particular career path. By connecting students with related work experiences to courses they are taking, they will understand how their classroom learning experiences support their preparation for a career. It could also lead to a student learning that a certain industry is not a good fit for them after all. Either way, students will learn valuable work experience that they can take with them to whatever field they choose next.
How to support Career Preparation
Work with our team at Career Connect SW to engage with schools and students in our region. With our team, you can address your goals (workforce development, for example) in the communities you want to engage in through:
Provide worksite learning opportunities or other career connected learning experiences for local high school students.
Develop other career connected learning experiences that build awareness for your industry or business in the community you serve.