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Introduction to Educational Development Plans and Career Pathways

The teachers and counselors at the Gaylord area High School have prepared the following sample Educational Employability Development Plans to assists parents and students in planning the students high school program.  It is our feeling, as educators, that clear goals are essential.  Students need to see and understand the meaning in their educational program in order for excellence to be achieved.

These Educational Employability Development Plans are to be used as students select their classes for the following school year.  A coherent sequence of courses or field of study that prepares a student to enter the work force, or further education is called a career pathway.

          There are six broad career pathways from which to choose:

        Arts and Communications:  careers related to the humanities, the performing, visual, literary, and media arts.  These include architecture; graphic, interior, and fashion design; writing; film; fine arts; journalism; languages; media; advertising; and public relations

IS THIS CAREER PATH FOR YOU?

      Are you a creative thinker?  Are you imaginative, innovative and original?  Do you like to communicate ideas?  Do you like making crafts, drawing, playing a musical instrument, taking photos or writing stories?  This may be the career path for you!!!

        Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology:  careers in this path are related to the business environment.  These include entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, computer/information systems, finance, accounting, personnel, economics and management.

IS THIS CAREER PATH FOR YOU?

      Do you enjoy being a leader, organizing people, planning activities and talking?  Do you like to work with numbers or ideas?  Do you enjoy carrying through with an idea and seeing the end product?  Do you like things neat and orderly?  Would you enjoy balancing a checkbook, following the stock market, holding an office in a club, surfing the Internet?  This may be your career path!

        Engineering / Manufacturing and Industrial Technology:  careers related to technologies necessary to design, develop, install, or maintain physical systems.  These include engineering, manufacturing, construction, service and related technologies.

IS THIS CAREER PATH FOR YOU?

      Are you mechanically inclined and practical?  Do you like reading diagrams and blueprints, and drawing building structures?  Are you curious about how things work?  Would you enjoy painting a house, repairing cars, wiring electrical circuits or woodworking?  This may be the career path for you!

        Health Sciences:  includes careers related to the promotion of health as well as the treatment of injuries, conditions, and disease.  These include research, prevention, treatment and related health technologies.

      IS THIS CAREER PATH FOR YOU?

Do you like to care for people or animals who are sick or help them stay well?  Are you interested in diseases and in how the body works?  Do you enjoy reading about science and medicine?  Would it be fun to learn first aid, volunteer at a hospital or veterinary clinic?  This may be your career path!

        Human Services: includes careers in child care, civil services, education, hospitality, and the social services.  These include education, government, law and law enforcement, leisure and recreation, military, religion, child care social services and personal services.

      IS THIS CAREER PATH FOR YOU?

Are you friendly, open, understanding and cooperative?  Do you like to work with people to solve problems?  Is it important to you to do something that makes things better for other people?  Do you like reading, storytelling, traveling or tutoring young children?  This could be your career path!

        Natural Resources and Agriscience:  careers related to natural resources, agriculture, and the environment.  These include agricultural sciences, earth sciences, environmental sciences, fisheries, forestry, horticulture and wildlife.

      IS THIS CAREER PATH FOR YOU?

Are you a nature lover?  Are you practical, curious about the physical world, and interested in pants and animals?  Do you enjoy hunting or fishing?  Do you like to garden or now the lawn?  Are you interested in protecting the environment?  This could be your career path!

Each Educational Employability Development Plan is a sample list of occupations corresponding with each level of the career pathway.  This occupational information has been included to assists students in the planning process and to stimulate further career investigation.  The Gaylord High School Career Preparation/Resource Center, Monday Friday 7:30-3:30, located in the Counseling Office, has been designed for students to use to gain career information and assistance.  Additional career development activities are also provided by counselors and teachers to assist students in selecting the career pathway of their choice. 

We encourage students to choose electives to prepare them for the spectrum of their life roles.   For this reason, flexibility has been built into the Educational Development Plans and career pathways. 

It is the hope of the staff of Gaylord High School that the educational development planning process will assist students in their goal setting.  Once their goals are set, students will accept the challenges before them, work hard and achieve.

FACTS

1998-99 Michigan Career & Technical Education

      41% of Michigan high school students in the 11th or 12th grade were enrolled in a career or technical education program leading to a paid job.

      Throughout Michigan in 1998-99, 349 local school districts offered high school students more than 2,411 career and technical education training programs.  The 28 community colleges offered 296 occupational programs.

      The secondary program for criminal offenders provided career and technical education and/or related support services for 1,352 juvenile offenders and 615 individuals in adult institutions.

      More then 6,204 career and technical education students worked part-time while attending secondary career technical job training classes.

      13,847 students with disabilities participated in secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs.

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