A new initiative called Get Focused Stay Focused for education and career is helping students to create their own paths for learning and life.
At Health Professions High School and New Technology High School in Sacramento, ninth graders are creating a 10 year road map to guide them through their transition to college, profession, and life. The program is funded in part through a state grant which is administered through the Los Rios Community College District.
According to Health Professions Principal Marla Clayton Johnson, the program is combined with social and emotional learning. The result is a full year Foundations for Success which includes life skills, work-based learning, and everything that is not included in high school core learning.
Health Professions teacher Jennifer Clemens has seen students become very enthusiastic about the program.
“The first part of the year, students learn who they are as a person, what do they value, what do they want in their lives, what kind of lifestyle and careers,” she said. Students then explore costs of their choices of lifestyle and expected income from their chosen careers.
“My sense as a teacher is there have been a lot of ‘aha’ moments in terms of budgets” and the lifestyle that is possible on a small salary, said Clemens.