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How to connect student learning to careers: Parents, start early! (2016)


Every parent and student should be aware of the opportunities offered by career and technical education. Their future comes quicker than you think! A career is more than just a job. To be career ready in our everchanging global economy requires adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning, along with mastery of key academic, technical, and workplace knowledge, skills, and dispositions that vary from one career to another and change over time as a person progresses along a developmental continuum. “Career readiness has no defined endpoint.” Career readiness starts with engaging classroom and workbased experiences that allow a student to master academic skills, employability skills, and job-specific technical skills. Students apply what they have learned by solving real-world problems alongside professionals through job shadowing, internships, youth apprenticeships, and community service projects.


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