High School: More than Just Collecting Credits
Some of us may have experienced high school as a place you go to gather credits in some core and random other course areas prior to moving on to the rest of our lives. We may or may not have seen much relevance between what we studied and what we planned to do with the rest of our lives.
On October 30th High School students participated in “My Future Day” in order to help them along the path of creating their plans for life after high school and create relevance between courses being studied today and their lives in the future.
Focused on post secondary planning for all, the afternoon for Freshmen and Sophomores involved completing interest inventories in the Virtual Job Shadow program and using that platform to research career options. Students were required to have a one on one conversation with an adult assigned to their room–from SCC, Vocational Rehabilitation, Iowa Works, local business and industry– to further discuss a post secondary goal and steps they can take to reach that goal.
During the same time Juniors took the ASVAB test to get further information on career aptitudes while Seniors took the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) exam. These activities were ways for students to get information on aptitudes as well as have information they can use when talking to future employers!
Seniors Prove They’re Work Ready
Six seniors scored Platinum level and 48 scored a silver or better on the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) administered to all seniors at “My Future Day” held recently at the high school. Scoring on the test ranges from the lowest level of bronze, then silver, gold, and the highest level, platinum, indicating the level of mastery in the areas of graphic literacy, applied math, and workplace documents.
The National Career Readiness Certificate can be used by students to show prospective employers concrete proof of the skills they have attained as well as identifying where skills need to be improved or further training is required. Students will have the ability to apply for jobs across the US and these designations provide them with an advantage over those who have not taken the test. Only 13 students did not earn a national recognition score.
Silver and above are what most employers prefer to see and typically only 1-4% of test takers score at the Platinum level. We are very proud of our students!
The scores recorded for our students are considered excellent.