The overall goals of this course are to teach students the process of self-awareness, career exploration, and setting academic and career-related goals. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how accurate, current, and unbiased career information is necessary for successful career planning and management using Maryland’s career clusters and pathways. In addition, students will be introduced to basic concepts of financial literacy to help them manage their personal finances. Course content will integrate the development of the student’s competency in business writing as well as the Skills for Success (i.e., communication, learning, interpersonal, technology, and critical thinking). Students will also be required to prepare for and participate in an interview process. The work-based learning experience takes place at worksites, includes a minimum of 270 hours, and may be paid or unpaid. The WBL plan identifies the appropriate competencies, duties and tasks in academic, technical, and work readiness areas that apply directly to students’ goals for a specific work-related placement. The goal of the WBL experience is to expose students to authentic employment opportunities that link to students’ career interests. WBL placements have the potential to prepare students for employment that leads to a family-supporting wage. The worksite placement is secured, based on students’ interests, and employer demand. The WBL coordinator is responsible for monitoring students’ placements, documenting students’ progress, and accounting for students’ completion of their plan and portfolio.
This class is a two-year program.
The number of periods required in a student's schedule to complete this program is as follows:
Year 1 = 2 periods
Year 2 = 3 periods