Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

New Challenges for School Counselors

Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

New Challenges for School Counselors

Article excerpt

The School-to-Work Opportunities Act is a challenge to our nation to create a coordinated system by which youth move from high school to further training and productive work. The school counselor has long been involved in facilitating this transition, though the most obvious "next step" traditionally has been to college and four-year degree programs.

Counselors have not been provided much information about prerequisites for apprenticeships, two-year technical degrees, applied technology, short-term intensive training or on-the-job training.

The increased emphasis on non-baccalaureate degree programs will necessitate improved data collection and dissemination. As expressly noted in the legislation, counselors can play a key role, especially in communicating current data.

In Utah, counselors meet with students and their parents to develop a Student Education Occupation Plan. Counselors are eager for information that supports the presentation of the full range of options available to high school students. Labor market information is increasingly available to counselors in a much more user-friendly way.

The State Occupational Information Coordination Committee is pursuing opportunities to get involved in the school counseling process through data collection and dissemination activities. …

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