Pilot for Career and Technical Ed Coming in 2019

Pilot for Career and Technical Ed Coming in 2019
Posted on 01/09/2019
Dr. Ryan Wise, Director of the Iowa Department of Ed, visits with Mr. Krabbenhoft and high school admin during a 2018 visit.

LCHS & IWCC Pilot for 19-20 School Year


Lewis Central High School and Iowa Western Community College are partnering to expand opportunities to students at LCHS in the areas of Career and Technical Education for the 2019-2020 school year.  We know that there is a high demand, not only in our area, but in the nation for workers in the trades and other related career fields, and we want to make every effort to support our students in their preparation for their career goals.


This partnership is an expansion of the LCHS Fast Forward! initiative.  Fast Forward! is our goal to have 95% or more of our graduates have plans to attend a 4-year college, 2-year college, trade school, vocational school, apprenticeship, or branch of the military to reach their career goal.  


The following are some of the articulations (pathways) that have been developed through the collaboration of LCHS and IWCC teachers and staff:

Construction

Welding

Information Technology Articulation

Mass Media Articulation

Nursing Articulation

Automotive Technology Articulation

CNC Machining Articulation

Culinary Arts Articulation

Electrical Technology Articulation

Industrial Engineering Technology Articulation

Marketing Articulation

Accounting Articulation

All of these articulations will have pathways for certificates, diplomas, or associate degrees


As a kickoff for the LCHS-IWCC Career and Technical Education Pilot, students will have an opportunity to visit with representatives from IWCC in each of the articulation areas at our Trades Exploration Day on February 14, 2019, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at LCHS.


Additional information:

In support of preparing graduates of LCHS to be successful in the pursuit of their Fast Forward! career goals, students are required to complete either a College Readiness or Workplace Readiness course.


College Readiness

This course focuses on post-secondary education, so students will explore and thoroughly plan and prepare for life after high school.  Students will begin the reflective process of questioning, searching, and classifying the best post-secondary options for themselves.  Students will participate in every phase of college preparation and planning, including researching and matching with institutions that will prepare them for their chosen career areas.  This will include writing personal statements, how to submit college application and financial aid forms, applying for scholarships, and exploring careers and other post-secondary options.  In addition, the course also focuses on strategies to equip students with skills to improve their scores on college entrance exams.


Workplace Readiness

This course is designed to prepare students in the many skills involved in pursuing a degree at a community college, in a trade program, through an apprenticeship, in the military, or getting and keeping a job.  Some of the topics include teamwork, problem solving, self-management, career exploration/planning, self-assessment, resume writing, and job interviewing. Students will build an employment portfolio.


Information provided by Dr. Beyenhof, LCHS Principal.

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