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ERIC Number: EJ909592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
A Leading Role for Career Guidance Counselors
Reese, Susan
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v85 n7 p16-19 Oct 2010
Without structured guidance activities, students may drift through high school without learning about all of the career opportunities available and without gaining the skills that can help them take advantage of those opportunities. They may also be in danger of failing to continue on to postsecondary education, or even worse, of dropping out of high school. As career and technical education (CTE) has evolved from the old vocational-technical model, guidance and counseling programs have had to evolve as well. Today, there are career pathways and Career Clusters that help define occupational opportunities and the ways in which students can reach them. Many programs use these initiatives in their school counseling programs. The Utah Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance program supports the Career and Technical Education Pathways initiative, which provides templates for school counselors to utilize when working with students on developing their individual Student Education Occupation Plans (SEOPs). Through the SEOP process, counselors identify appropriate pathways that meet each student's interests, abilities and goals. In Missouri, the Big Ideas include "applying career exploration and planning skills in the achievement of life/career goals," as well as skills that will help students in postsecondary education and the workforce. The Nebraska school counseling program aligns with the Career Cluster Initiative, and its tools for individual student planning include a Career Cluster interest checklist. The Career Cluster Initiative is also part of the planning process at the Greenville Middle Academy, where eighth-graders are asked to develop an individual graduation plan and select a preferred cluster of study. There is no doubt that the job of today's career guidance counselor is a challenging one, as is even recognized by the education secretary. But despite those challenges acknowledged by Secretary Arne Duncan and others, today's CTE programs can play a unique role in assisting counselors' efforts to provide students with career guidance. The new CTE is much broader and more inclusive and includes philosophy that all education is career education. This new CTE philosophy provides career development to all students, for all levels of education and for all career fields. (Contains 9 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri; Nebraska; Utah