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Waubonsie Valley High School Course Selection Companion Guide

Introduction

"What do you want to do after high school?" That is a question that is asked of our students a multitude of times over the course of their public school education. It's a question that is not easily answered, due to the enormous number of possible post-secondary alternatives that are

currently available to our students.

Technological advances and global competition

transformed the nature of both education and work. knowledge and training, highly developed 21st Century

Tomorrow's jobs will require Skills, technological skills, and

have more more

flexible workers than ever before. Our students need to be reality of several job and career changes over the course understand that they will have to continually update their require additional training and/or education.

prepared for, and informed of, the of their lifetimes. They need to knowledge and skills, which may

Waubonsie Valley High School offers a wide array of courses and experiences to its students. As students review course offerings and activities, we hope to guide them in choosing coursework and experiences that are relevant to their future goals. Our teachers and counselors work carefully with students to help them choose a course of study that will meet their post- secondary needs in both knowledge and rigor.

Many studies investigate the issue of career satisfaction. It is well-researched that people who work in careers in which they like and are interested are the happiest and most productive employees. In planning for post-secondary goals, students should start with examining where their own interests and talents lie. This can be accomplished in many different ways within the school district: researching middle and high school classes of interest, taking interest and skill inventories, participating in the career fairs, and taking advantage of the many extra-curricular and enrichment activities offered. Our guidance counselors utilize various tools and resources to provide interest inventory and career exploration opportunities to our students.

Using the results of the interest inventory as a guide to general career interests, students can begin to create their personal plan of study for their high school years and beyond. Professional school counselors, and other school personnel, guide students and parents in this important planning process. The planning process is critical to students not only meeting graduation requirements, but also to taking the coursework that will ultimately lead them to their post- secondary goals.

Students sometimes fail to see the connections between their course choices and their relevance to future goals. The career cluster approach is one excellent way for students to make that important connection between what is learned in school and the knowledge/skills needed for

success

in

post-secondary

education

and

careers.

Career

clusters

help

to

identify

possible

pathways from high school to military, and the workplace.

two- and four-year colleges, They assist the student in

vocational and technical colleges, the making course choices that connect

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