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Middle School College and Career Readiness Continuum

Adapted from Connect Ed, National Academy Foundation (NAF), National Career Development Standards, and My Childs Future.org



6
th
Grade: Career Awareness & Self-
Knowledge
Career development begins with career
awareness and also knowing one's self.
Helping understand and reflect on their
unique, personal characteristics allows them
to answer the first question in their career
plan - Who am I?
Interests, values, skills, personality type, and
career beliefs are examined.

Sample Student Learning Outcomes:
Students become aware of their likes and
dislikes and formulate career aspirations.

Experiences might include:
Learning style assessment
Interest inventory
Values assessment
Skills assessment
Personality test
Developing organizational skills
Learning to listen with purpose
Teamwork & Collaboration
Student-Led Conferences
Career speakers
College and Career Readiness
workshops
Secrets of Smart Women
School based mentors - GLC
Volunteer & service learning
Interdisciplinary projects in STEM
Leadership through school clubs and
GLC class
Girls in Science - NC Museum of
Natural Science
Business mentors through adopt a GLC



7
th
Grade: Knowledge of the World of
Work & Education
As students progress in their learning and
maturity, a deeper approach to career
awareness takes place. Tying students
understanding of the world of work to
education is critical. They need to connect
what they are learning in school to their
dreams.

Sample Student Learning Outcomes:
Students are able to give examples of how
her skills and interests relate to career fields
and occupations.

Experiences may include:
Review and update career assessments
Examine and explore career clusters
Develop time management skills
Develop work principles/integrity
Learn to take initiative and being
resourceful
School based mentors - GLC
Students@Work / Industry tours
Career speakers
College and Career readiness
workshops
Secrets of Smart Women
Informational Interviews
Interdisciplinary Projects in STEM
Student-Led Conferences
Volunteer opportunities
Service learning projects
Leadership through school clubs and
GLC class
Business mentors through adopt a GLC



8
th
Grade: Decision Making & Goal
Setting
Career decisions further students
understanding of themselves and of their
options. Making decisions and setting goals
advances students toward their future in a
purposeful, personal, and meaningful way.
Sample Student Learning Outcomes:
Students recognize that their educational
performance is important for reaching their
goals and make decisions in a systematic
way.
Experiences may include:
Developing 4 year graduation plans
Focus on goal setting and decision
making
Learning to take responsibility
citizenship
Student-Led Conferences
Review and update career assessments
Identify college and career pathway
Identify transferrable skills
School based mentors - GLC
Business tours
College and Career Readiness
workshops
Secrets of Smart Women
College visits
Guest speakers
Career speakers - WILD Lunch
Interdisciplinary Projects in STEM
Volunteer & service learning projects
Step Up High School Transition
Leadership through schools clubs and
GLC class
Career Exploration (7
th
grade into 8
th
grade)

Career Awareness (6
th
grade into 7
th
grade)