Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

FCS Course on Careers Now a Graduation Requirement

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

FCS Course on Careers Now a Graduation Requirement

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Students are faced with new challenges and ever-changing career opportunities in today's society. Because our high school was located in a rural area of Indiana, we needed a way to acquaint students with career possibilities that existed beyond our local boundaries. Interactive video conferencing (distance learning) technology offered the opportunity we needed to expand the classroom walls.

The program we developed, Career Exploration-Going the Distance, is in compliance with and enhances the standards set forth by the Indiana Department of Education for the course, "Orientation to Life and Careers." Using interactive video conferencing, we are able to invite the business community to join in the teaching of the students. Community leaders, business professionals, and parents come together to help educators coordinate materials and information, providing the best possible learning experiences.

Students learn about the education, training, and skills needed for the workplace. Career Exploration gives students an opportunity to ask questions regarding the profession being presented and helps students set goals while they network with professionals and local businesses. Through this program, FCS has had the opportunity to work more closely with other disciplines in the school. Presentations from all career clusters including core curriculum areas are included in the career selections. …

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