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Tim Scott: Career education programs provide foundation for future workforce

By Tim Scott and published by

While every teacher will tell you that their goal is to see every child succeed in their classroom, the overarching vision is for students to spend their kindergarten through twelfth grade years learning all they need in preparation for a successful career and life. Regardless of whether a student who graduates high school decides to pursue secondary education, the military, or go directly into the workforce, our job in education is to ensure students have the skills and knowledge to make the best choice that is right for them.

February is Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CCTAE) month and our district has been highlighting some of our career pathways and the teachers who work in the program. Career education starts in elementary schools where students may be exposed to a variety of jobs and companies that might interest them. The middle school provides students with the opportunity to learn a little more about career skills through their connections classes.

When students enter the junior high school, they are given the YouScience assessment that helps match students to pathway and career options based on their aptitude and interests.

By eighth grade, when Dalton students make the decision as to which high school is best for them, the availability of the career pathways that best fit their interests can play an important role in their choice.

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