School to Career provides students with a foundation for creating career goals using the 16 career clusters as a guide. College and Career Readiness activities covering writing, speaking, and listening are included, as well as Career Ready Practices.
A Lifespan Plan project-based activity opens each unit to guide students in the creation and evaluation of their own short- and long-term career and life goals.
College and Career Readiness Portfolio activities provide students an opportunity to create personal portfolios for use when exploring volunteer, education and training, or career opportunities.
1. Making the Transition from School to Career 2. Understanding Work-Based Learning 3. What Your Employer Expects
The Job Hunt
4. Finding and Applying for a Job 5. Taking Preemployment Tests 6. Interviewing for Jobs
Skills for Success
7. Teamwork and Problem-Solving Skills 8. Communicating on the Job 9. Math in the Workplace 10. Using Technology in Your Career 11. Looking Good on the Job 12. Safety on the Job 13. Leadership and Group Dynamics 14. Participating in Meetings
15. Digital Citizenship 16. Learning about Yourself 17. Learning about Careers 18. Making Career Decisions
19. Succeeding on the Job 20. Diversity and Workplace Rights 21. Succeeding in Our Economic System 22. Entrepreneurship: A Business of Your Own
Managing Your Income
23. Understanding Income Taxes 24. Managing Spending 25. Using Credit 26. Banking, Saving, and Investing 27. Insurance 28. Managing Family, Work, and Citizenship Roles
J.J. Littrell, Ed.D. - taught industrial and vocational education to teachers in training at Arizona State University. Littrell began his career teaching industrial education in Nebraska and Oregon public schools. Later he taught engineering at the University of Missouri. He earned degrees from Peru State College in Nebraska, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Missouri.
James H. Lorenz, Ed.D. - is professor emeritus and chair of the department of engineering technology and industrial studies at Middle Tennessee State University. He has taught graduate and undergraduate teacher certification courses and undergraduate drafting courses for over 25 years. Lorenz conducts numerous in-service training programs for teachers and has directed SkillsUSA activities at district and state levels. He began his career teaching drafting and graphic arts at the secondary level. Lorenz holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Georgia.
Harry T. Smith, Ed.D. - is professor of curriculum and instruction at Tennessee Technological University where he has served as program supervisor of industrial education since 1986. Smith's primary responsibility is teaching instructional media technology and occupational education licensure courses to undergraduate and graduate students in the college of education. Earlier, Smith taught industrial education at the secondary level in Missouri and the postsecondary level in Missouri and Michigan. Smith holds degrees from Northeast Missouri State, Central Missouri State, and Michigan State Universities.