K-12 Career Readiness and What It Means for You

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Career Readiness
K-12: 1. Awareness, Lower Elementary; 2. Exploration, Upper elementary through high school; 3. Preparation, High School: Core Academics (Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies), Electives (Career and Technical Education, World Languages, Fine Arts, ect.);
Post Secondary: university, community college, trade school, armed forces, apprenticeship, on-the-job training, adult education​​​​​​​

Did you know that new legislation has been passed by the State of Michigan requiring school districts to implement career readiness initiatives across all grade levels, kindergarten through 12th grade? That’s right. Beyond researching careers of interest and post-secondary pathways, students must have the opportunity to connect with business and industry for experiences such as company tours, job shadows, apprenticeships, internships and more.

Students and families must be provided current and projected job openings in Michigan and by the 12th grade, every student must develop a Talent Portfolio, which includes a resume and letter of reference as well as any awards and industry certifications earned. With the help of the Career Focused Education Consultants at Oakland Schools, school districts are making a plan to deliver career readiness activities at all grade levels, focusing on awareness, exploration and preparation.

We have been working with many business partners over the past year to establish partnerships in order to provide career readiness opportunities to students. In addition, we offer events for educators and families to learn about various career options right here in Oakland County. These partnerships also help to grow the local talent pipeline, making students and families aware of careers and how to best prepare for those careers.

For more information about how to get involved, please contact cfe@oakland.k12.mi.us.