CAREER EXPLORATION AND JOB READINESS
Our Vision is that all students who finish high school
be ready for college, careers and citizenship.
The Initiative for Future Success (IFFS) provides workshops that increase awareness of opportunities available to students after leaving high school. Participants of the program are 14 to 24 years old and include middle and high school students, persons who are no longer in school, including high school graduates who are unemployed or not currently in school, school drop-outs, and those who have had previous incarcerations. Workshops are geared specifically for each group.
The program includes visits to colleges, vocational schools, businesses as well as a day for military careers. Visits are planned for days when schools are out and will last longer than the regular 2-hour time frame. A job fair is held once a year.
As part of the initiative, participants will complete an interest and/or skills profile to find the best type of job they are suited for so they can decide on a realistic occupation of their choice. They will then write a set of smart career goals, noting the steps needed to reach their selected career.
A college guidance workshop provides information to assist college or vocational bound students and their parents to successfully apply to college or vocational school. These students should acquire a thorough knowledge of post-secondary education options and the steps involved in the research and selection process. Participating students have the opportunity to learn from each other, share their individual experiences with their peers and receive college or vocational guidance materials. Students also receive one-on-one counseling. The workshop for high school juniors covers scholarships, financial aid, college research and the college application process. High school seniors attend a more extensive workshop that covers applying to college or the vocational school of their choice, college/vocational scholarships, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
and other financial aid, making the right choice for college, Freshman 101, and careers and majors.