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relevant learning in school to future career choices. This connection between high school courses and future goals can serve to motivate students to work harder, enrolling in more rigorous and more meaningful courses throughout their education at Waubonsie and beyond. Students have been learning about career paths, career clusters and career pathways from their professional school counselors; this guide serves to enhance that knowledge by setting the planning process in motion.

How to Use This Companion Guide

This companion guide is an effort to help students make the connection between opportunities offered during high school and those offered following graduation. It is one type of resource to guide students toward making better, more informed course selections based on students' interests and future career goals. The Course Selection Companion Guide uses career clusters as a model for planning. Using career clusters does not lock or track students into one career area. It is, instead, a more comprehensive way to explore an area of stated interest, as it includes not only coursework but also extra-curricular activities and experiences.

Included in the Course Selection Companion Guide is a one-page overview that introduces each career cluster. Students may discover which career cluster seems to fit them best by taking the Naviance Succeed interest, skills and values inventories. The companion guide explains each career cluster, the careers within that cluster according to education level, future jobs and careers within the Chicago and Illinois regions, and current pay rates/salaries for many careers. Links to career planning resources are also included.

It is our hope that, by using this companion guide in planning high school course selection, students will understand the relevance of their course choices to their future careers. By doing guided and intentional planning, students will leave high school knowing that they have the necessary background to attain their career goals, thus possibly eliminating multiple college major changes, elongating their post-secondary education, and experiencing career false-starts.

Waubonsie Valley High School is committed to supporting its students in becoming lifelong learners and productive citizens in our community. Using this companion guide to help plan and analyze course selections, Waubonsie students will "Know Before You Go", graduating with the necessary coursework and experiences to launch them into the next phase of their lives.


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