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At Career Tech, the concept of preparing for a career is so important that the word "Career" comprises half of our definition of the school.  In addition to working for a diploma and acquiring state-of-the-art technical skills, all students must plan for their future after high school.  In addition to being "employed" in a simulated work environment, students must complete one credit in Careers classes.  This credit is divided into four 1/4 credit courses as follows:

  • Assessment - to help students determine that for which they would probably be well suited.
  • Pre Employment Training - to teach students how to compete in today's labor market.
  • Retention - how to hold a job and grow with it.
  • The Plan - creating a detailed, step-by-step plan for pursuing their goal and achieving self-sufficiency after graduation.

All Careers courses are taught by an employment specialist, who guides students through each area with specific, practical information and advice.

With satisfying careers as the ultimate goal, students are encouraged to gain work experience in five ways:
  • Unpaid technical aide or instructional aide positions at Career Tech
  • Volunteer (again unpaid) positions in the community
  • Paid positions funded by various grants
  • Paid positions funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
  • Unsubsidized paid positions in the community

In all five of the above, students submit an application and a job description.  Students receive elective credit upon submission of a performance review signed by their supervisor.