• Career Cruising Implementation Plan Overview 
     
    Career Cruising connects the real world to the classroom with the latest career and labor market information, salaries, and educational pathways – all written in a way that’s easy to understand. Students also learn essential 21st-century skills like financial literacy and goal-setting through video interviews, role-playing activities, and more. http://https://public.careercruising.com/en/our-solutions/k-12/
     
    SCASD has identified 5 objectives to focus on for the Career Cruising Implementation Plan:
    • To ensure students will complete a career portfolio
    • To assist transitioning students/student with special needs 
    • To ensure student are career ready
    • To ensure students are college ready
    • To provide a platform for student to build an electronic portfolio to carry with them through graduation

    By completing the objectives above students will learn the academics standards for career education and work.  The standards describe what students should learn in grades 8 and 11 in the following four areas:

    • 13.1 Career Awareness and Preparation
    • 13.2 Career Acquisition 
    • 13.3 Career Retention and Advancement
    • 13.4 Enterpreneurship

    Utilizing the 5 objectives the District identified the following:

    • What needed to be done at each level
    • How success will be measured
    • The timeline for implementation
    • The personnel responsible for implementation
    • The resources required to do so 

     

    SCASD CAREER CRUISING IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

    This document contains a variety of activities to be completed each year during the fall (September – December), the winter (January – March) and the spring (April – June). Where applicable, the related Career Cruising Classroom Activity or My Plan Classroom Activity have been listed. These paper-based activities will serve as a guide to the students as they work through the related sections of the program. The activities will be in your activity section of our schools CAMS account. Additional activities, including group activities, are listed at the end of this document should you wish to expand your use of the program beyond the suggested activities for each grade.

    The Career Advisor Management System (CAMS) allows us to track out students’ progress and to view our students’ work

    6TH GRADE

    Fall

      • Each student should login to his or her personal My Plan account and review the “Things to Remember section.
      • Complete the first 39 questions of Career Matchmaker
        • Save Matchmaker Results as 6th Grade Results
        • Activity #3 – Using Career Matchmaker

     

    • Complete the Learning Styles Inventory.

     

    Winter

    • Begin to explore career information by researching careers of interest using the keyword search. Students can then save one career they would like to explore further.

    Spring

    • Make note of Hobbies and Interests in My Plan.

    7TH GRADE

    Fall

    • Enter short and long term goals in the Career and Life Goals section of the Portfolio.
    • Review their Matchmaker Results from 6th grade and any careers they saved to My Plan. Have students update their career(s) of interest they’ve saved to My Plan.

    Winter

    • Research careers by school subject1* and update their career(s) of interest to My Plan
      • Activity #1 – School Subjects and Careers
    • Students can explore different industries of interest and can work either alone, or as a group to present their findings to their classmates including a description of at least two significant careers in the industry.

    Spring

     

    • Update Hobbies and Interests in My Plan

     

    • Begin a journal by keeping track and reflecting on career development activities.

    8th GRADE

    Fall

    • Complete the first 39 questions of Career Matchmaker. Student should also specify the level of Education they’re planning. Save Matchmaker Results as 8th Grade Results and updating the Best Match.
      • Activity #3 – Using Career Matchmaker
    • Students can begin to review the College Planning Timeline

    Winter

    • Research careers by cluster and save at least two careers of interest to My Plan. Students should also indicate in the Career Preparation section their top two clusters.
      • Activity #7 – Career Clusters Research Project
    • Answer additional Career Matchmaker questions. Students should have completed all 116 questions at this point.
      • Activity #4 – Your Career Ideas and Career Matchmaker
    • Students can include a brief reflection on their career suggestions by writing in My Journal

    Spring

      • Begin planning their four-year plan (Education Plan)

     

    • Make note of any new Hobbies and Interests.
    • Include Extra Curricular Activities in My Plan.
    • Review and update Career and Life Goals.

     

    9th GRADE

    Fall

      • Research careers using the Career Selector and save their results to My Plan. Students should also save another two careers of interest to My Plan.
        • Activity #5 – Using Career Selector
      • Review careers of interest and compare two possible career choices.
        • Activity #6 – Comparing Careers

     

    • Review the College Planning Timeline

     

    • Have students delete their previous Learning Styles Inventory results and retake the assessment. Explain that their learning styles may have changed since they last took this inventory in the 6th grade.

    Winter

    • Using the information they have gathered about different careers, students can prepare a pamphlet, presentation, report, etc., about one of their careers of interest. Students can draw upon the information they recorded in Activity #6 – Comparing Careers as a starting point. Students can then reflect on their work using My Journal.

    Spring

      • Update Four-year plan (Education Plan)
      • Update Hobbies and Interests and Extracurricular Activities and have students select five Skills and Abilities to include in My Plan. Students can describe how they can demonstrate each skill using the comments section.
        • Activity #10 – Discovering your Work Skills

     

    • Review and update Career and Life Goals.

     

    10th GRADE

    Fall

      • Complete Career Matchmaker. Student should specify the level of education they’re planning and saving results as 10th grade results and updating the Best Match. Save any new careers of interest to the Portfolio. Students can reflect on their new career suggestions and discuss the comparison of the two lists using My Journal.

     

    • Review the College Planning Timeline

     

    • Winter Review the educational requirements for at least two careers of interest. Explore Career Cruising’s Explore Schools section and save two schools of interest that they have explored. Students can note their comments in the Your Thoughts section.
      • Activity #12 – College Research Exercise
      • Activity #13 – Finding the Right College

    Spring

      • Update Four-year plan (Education Plan)
      • Using the Resume Builder, complete a first draft resume, including any relevant hobbies, extracurricular activities, work experiences or volunteer experiences.
        • Portfolio Activity #9 – Using the Resume Builder

     

    • Review and update Career and Life Goals.

     

    11th GRADE

    Fall

      • Complete My Skills Assessment for the Career Matchmaker results reflecting the best match results. Students can then describe a plan for developing the necessary skills for careers of interest using My Journal.
        • Activity #11 – Using My Skills

     

    • Review the College Planning Timeline

     

    Winter

    • Using the list of My Saved Careers, students should choose a career and, from the career profile page, click on the Search for Jobs button3 to see if there are any job opportunities in that field in your community or if they would need to move to find work in that field. Students can reflect on their search using My Journal.
    • Complete the School Selector and save an additional two schools of interest.

    Spring

      • Update Four-year plan (Education Plan)
      • Complete the Ability Profiler assessment
      • Review list of saved schools, and compare two schools research two programs of interest to see which schools offer those programs. Using the Your Thoughts section, make note of admission requirements, costs, campus services, athletics etc.
      • Complete the Post-Secondary Plan component of My Plan.
      • Update Resume.

     

    • Review and update Career and Life Goals.

     

    12th GRADE

    Fall

      • Review Four-year plan (Education Plan)

     

    • Review the College Planning Timeline

     

    • Review list of saved schools
    • Begin to explore scholarships and make note of application deadlines
    • Update Resume and export to Microsoft Word to further polish their work. Save the updated resume to the My Files section of My Plan.
    • Review Employment Guide section on letter writing and prepare a cover letter for the resume. Add the cover letter to the My Files section of My Plan 5.
    • Winter Review the interview skills section of the Employment Guide and have students participate in mock interviews. Students can complete the Interview Evaluation Worksheet and include in the My Files section of My Plan.

    Spring

      • Review the Post-Secondary plan and make any necessary changes.

     

    • Review and update Career and Life Goals.

     

    • Students can submit a final hard-copy draft of their resume and cover letter, along with the interview evaluation as a final project.
    • Students can reflect on their career preparation experiences throughout high school in the My Journal section.



    PORTFOLIO COMPLETION STANDARDS

    Criteria

    Grade Level

    Career and Education Exploration

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    12

    Career Matchmaker

     

     

       

    My Skills

             

     

    Ability Profiler

             

     

    Learning Styles Inventory

       

         

    Other Assessments

                 

    My Saved Careers

    • Minimum
                 

    Career Selector

                 

    My Saved Schools

           

    • Minimum
           

    4

    4

    4

    School Selector

                 

    Financial Aid Selector

                 

    Four Year Education Plan

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    12

    Education Plan: 9th Grade

       

    • Minimum Credits
                 

    Education Plan: 10th Grade

         

    • Minimum Credits
                 

    Education Plan: 11th Grade

           

    • Minimum Credits
                 

    Education Plan: 11th Grade

             

    • Minimum Credits
                 

    Career Planning

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    12

    My Saved Clusters

       

           

    Career Planning Activities

       

     

    • Minimum number of activities

    1

     

    2

     

    3

    3

    6

    Post-Secondary Plan

             

    Career & Life Goals

     

    Activities and Abilities

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    12

    Extracurricular Activities

       

    • Minimum
       

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    Hobbies & Interests

    • Minimum

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    Skills & Abilities

         

    • Minimum
         

    3

    4

    4

    5

    Awards & Certificates

                 

    Work Experience

                 

    Volunteer Experiences

                 
    • Minimum hours
                 

    Annual Portfolio Development Activities

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    12

    Annual Review

                 

    Reflect & Confirm

                 

    Assignments & Activities

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    12

    Required Assignments and Activities

                 

    My Journal

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    12

    My Journal

                 
    • Minimum number of entries
                 







    CAREER PLANNING ACTIVITIES

    Criteria

    Grade Level

    Career Planning Activities

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    12

    Attend a career/job fair

             

     

    Attend a college/training fair

               

    Attend a skill, career or tech center

                 

    Attend camp (music, sports, arts)

                 

    Complete interest or ability testing

     

     

     

    Complete or updates interviewing skills

               

    Complete or update resume

           

    Co-op program or internship

                 

    Discuss career options with a career advisor

       

           

    Explore an apprenticeship program

                 

    Go on a field trip to a college

               

    Go on a field trip to a company

                 

    Job Shadowing program

           

       

    Pathway interviews

                 

    Practice completing job applications

                 

    Practices or take SAT/ACT

               

    Senior Project

               

    Take part in community service

                 

    Talk to speakers (college, military, career)

                 

    Work as a volunteer

                 

    Work full-time

                 

    Work in the summer

                 

    Work related activities

                 

    Other

                 

     

     
     
     
Last Modified on July 31, 2018