Preparing students for life after college means starting early, as career readiness elementary school programs formalized this past week in among fifth graders.
At Sycamore Community Schools, the Aviator Flight Plan is the connection to identify career interests, reduce the drop out rate, and promote many options for paths after high school.
“We really wanted to make sure, for us, that we are making connections to the real world for our kids. It is our belief that this process will help students understand their passion,” assistant Superintendent Karen Naber said.
The state of Ohio requires that career advising begin in sixth grade, which the school is already doing. The implementation of the guidelines formalized the program for the district.
“The grade level plan is something each student will fill out. In fifth-grade, they will understand the 16 clusters on Ohio Means Job and then they do goal setting. They will start thinking about what it means and what they want to do,” Naber said.