Friday, January 9, 2015

January 9, 2015

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)
Twitter: @Crestwood_HS 

Special Events for the Week of January 12 - January 18, 2015
Monday:           Law Enforcement Meeting - 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday:          Seniors Caps and Gowns Sizing - 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday:     Admin Meeting - 7:45 a.m. 
Thursday:         Iowa CBE Coordinating Council Meeting  - 9:00 a.m.
                          CBE Pathways Webinar - 1:00 p.m.
Friday:              Project Lead The Way/NICC Advisory Meeting - 7:00 a.m.
                          Counseling/At-Risk Weekly Meeting - 1:00 p.m. 
Youth Frontiers - The Character Challenge

3 Ways Parents Can Help Students Choose a Major or Career Path
An 8th grade student probably doesn’t know exactly what he wants to do as an adult. But by identifying strengths, interests and what inspires them, they can hone in on career possibilities that satisfy their individual needs and interests. From there, they can start planning the steps to be prepared for life after high school.

One question we are frequently asked in regard to the 8th grade plan in the Iowa Core, which requires students enrolled in the 8th grade to develop a four-year high school course plan that supports the their post-secondary education and career options, is: “How can you expect an 8th grade student to know what he wants to do with his life?” Our answer to that is “How does anyone, at any age make an important decision?” You identify your goals, you do research and you take into account your past experiences.

Here are three ways parents can help their students along this planning journey:

  1. Encourage self discovery – Encourage your student to complete assessments to help identify interests, work values and skills. While they may complete some in school using, they can log in at home to do further exploration. 
  2. Explore resources and create experiences – Take an active role in the classes and activities in which your student is involved. Look at the class offerings and make decisions together. Learn about activities at your school that can create experiences for your child. Has he or she expressed interest in law? Does your child excel in math, science and technology? Getting hands-on experience is the best way for your student to learn what types of work and activities he enjoys. Look into job shadowing opportunities so your student can see firsthand what a career is like. 
  3. Be flexible – There is no one perfect career and people change. Some future job opportunities might not even exist now. Your student’s plan isn’t set in stone – it’s a work in progress and is supposed to be updated as he learns more about himself. Offer your student encouragement and support through the process! 
- Iowa Student Aid Commission "Education Empowers"
Let’s Rethink the Bachelor’s Degree
The 1.7 million students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from American colleges and universities this year joined millions of other young adults who are trying to find their way in a new economy. 

But this is not a great time to be a recent college graduate. The average student-loan debt is $33,000, up by some 30 percent in the last five years. The underemployment rate is 44 percent for graduates ages 22 to 27, meaning the jobs they hold don’t require bachelor’s degrees. And the average age of financial independence for college graduates these days is 30.

Such statistics have given rise to the narrative that a college degree is no longer worthwhile, although volumes of economic studies on lifetime earnings prove otherwise. Still, given the number of college graduates struggling to start their careers, it’s clear a wide gap has emerged between what the workforce needs and what colleges are producing.

Part of the problem is that we have high expectations for the bachelor’s degree today. We demand that skills training move in tandem with broad-based learning and expect both to be completed in the four years of an undergraduate education. We also expect students to get outside the classroom experiences, such as internships and study abroad, even as more of them come to college not academically prepared or need to work while attending school. 

The result is a 20th-century higher education system out of sync with a 21st-century economy.

Life Lessons from Bill Gates

Career Learning Opportunities
The Intermediary Program is made possible through legislative funding. The Northeast Iowa Intermediary program functions under the name Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link. The primary purpose of the intermediary funding is to provide career experiences for high school students, teachers, and administrators by connecting them with local business and industry. Tours, guest speakers, and career fairs are open to all students based on availability.

Program requirements for the Intermediary Program are:
· Students must be 16 years old to request a job shadow or internship experience and complete the required application process.

The Youth CareerConnect (YCC) Grant is supported by a Department of Labor Grant that assists students in targeted career pathways by providing career experiences and individualized career coaching. Career Pathway areas include STEM, advanced manufacturing, business/finance, information technology, and health. YCC programming is developed and managed by the Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link with the partnership of many organizations and businesses. 

Primary partners include grant recipient Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission(UERPC) and East Central Intergovernmental Association(ECIA).

Program requirements for Youth CareerConnect (YCC) are:
· High school junior (must enroll fall semester)
· Two-year commitment
· Application Form
· Parent/Student Orientation
· Pathway college credit course Junior and Senior Years
· Pre-Employment Strategies Course (college credit)
· Career Coach sessions at least twice per year
· Job Shadow
· Optional: Internship and/or mentoring program
· Other possible activities: competitions, business tours and speakers, additional job shadows

Please check out both programs at

For more information contact Erin Powers Daley, NICC Cresco Center Director or Trish Hartman, High School Guidance Counselor.


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