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					      A Changing World:
Helping students prepare for
life in a world that we know
          little about.
            Chris Droessler
        School-to-Career Coordinator
        Wake County Public School System
  www.wcpss.net/school_to_career/resources
 If we really want to prepare
our students for successful
careers, we need to know all
   we can about the rapidly
     changing job market.

                   C. Droessler
 Economic Epochs
• Agricultural economy (school calendar)
• Industrial economy (bell schedule)
• Post-Industrial economy
   – Service economy
   – Information economy
   – Knowledge economy
   – Digital economy
  Susan McLester and Todd McIntire. The Workforce Readiness Crisis. Technology & Learning. Nov 15, 2006.
21stcenturyskills.org/
    Secretary’s Commission for
Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)
  • Basic Skills            • Personal Qualities
    – Reading and Writing     – Responsibility
    – Mathematics             – Self-Confidence
    – Communication           – Social Skills
                              – Honesty
  • Thinking Skills
    – Decision-making
    – Creative Thinking
    – Problem-Solving
    – “Learning How to Learn”
SCANS Competencies
• Ability to Manage Personal Time and
  Resources
• Use of Effective Interpersonal and
  Leadership Skills
• Ability to Gather and Manage
  Information
• Understanding of Interrelatedness of
  Various Systems
• Effective Use of Technology
The enGauge 21st Century Skills should be considered
within the context of rigorous academic standards.
They are a bridge to authentic, intellectually
challenging work by students.


The sheer magnitude of human knowledge, world
globalization, and the accelerating rate of change due
to technology necessitates a shift in our children's
education—from plateaus of knowing to
continuous cycles of learning.


           http://www.ncrel.org/engauge/skills/exec.htm
Local Company Feedback

Wake County Economic Development Program
A program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

  High school diploma
  Clean criminal background
  Willingness and aptitude for lifelong training
  Ability to do multiple jobs
  Defined pipeline to reach students
http://www.nclabor.com/dol_statistics/2006%20N.C.%20Skills%20Market%20Survey.pdf
2006 NC Skills Market Survey

  “most (52.9 percent) entry-level
  jobs require only a high school
             diploma.”




              2006 NC Skills Market Survey: Reconnecting Public Education With Economic Reality
2006 NC Skills Market Survey

   “NC employers believe high
   schools are too focused on
 preparing graduates for college
   and believe that not enough
 emphasis is placed on preparing
    graduates to go to work.”

            2006 NC Skills Market Survey: Reconnecting Public Education With Economic Reality
2006 NC Skills Market Survey

   “Every high school graduate
     needs to be job-ready.”




            2006 NC Skills Market Survey: Reconnecting Public Education With Economic Reality
2006 NC Skills Market Survey
“NC High Schools must reverse the trend
of fewer high school students receiving
the beneficial effects of work experience
by reviving cooperative education and
expanding other work-based learning
opportunities such as internships,
registered apprenticeship, and even
entrepreneurial opportunities.”
                 2006 NC Skills Market Survey: Reconnecting Public Education With Economic Reality
2006 NC Skills Market Survey

“Parents, who for the most part have
one vision for career and financial
success which is attainment of a four-
year degree, also need to be exposed
to career information and
opportunities to help their children
make good career choices.”
               2006 NC Skills Market Survey: Reconnecting Public Education With Economic Reality
2006 NC Skills Market Survey

“NC employers should take
leadership in creating viable
business-education partnerships
organized to improve the
employment-readiness of high
school graduates”

            2006 NC Skills Market Survey: Reconnecting Public Education With Economic Reality
2006 NC Skills Market Survey

“At minimum, partnerships should
have employers assist local schools in
developing work-relevant curriculums,
expose students and parents to career
information and opportunities in their
local area, and provide work-based
learning opportunities for students.”

               2006 NC Skills Market Survey: Reconnecting Public Education With Economic Reality
2006 NC Skills Market Survey

“High school students are usually
presented with an “either/or”
option. In other words, you can
choose either to go to a
postsecondary institution or go
directly into the workforce.”

             2006 NC Skills Market Survey: Reconnecting Public Education With Economic Reality
2006 NC Skills Market Survey
“In the end, solving the skills crisis is not the
responsibility of a single institution but the
responsibility of all, which include schools,
government, business and even parents and
students themselves.
N.C. employers need to be knocking at the
school house door and ready and willing to
roll-up their sleeves to go to work.”

                     2006 NC Skills Market Survey: Reconnecting Public Education With Economic Reality
2006 NC Skills Market Survey
“Many employers said that the problem with graduates
is that high schools are too focused on preparing
students for college while little, if any, attention is given
to those students heading directly to the job market.
Some blame the lack of guidance counseling for non-
college bound students, while others said that there is a
need to encourage students to work part-time or during
the summer to gain work experience.”


                        2006 NC Skills Market Survey: Reconnecting Public Education With Economic Reality
2006 NC Skills Market Survey

“Additionally, some employers do not think
students are being exposed to opportunities
in skilled trades where many jobs are high-
paying and offer advancement
opportunities. Most decry the deterioration
of vocational training in high schools and
said educators are out of touch with
economic realities.”

                 2006 NC Skills Market Survey: Reconnecting Public Education With Economic Reality
“We must continue to reform our public
school system to meet the growing demands
of the new global economy. The new Center
for 21st Century Skills will ensure that
students graduate from our educational
institutions with the skills they need to
compete and succeed in the workplace. I am
proud that North Carolina is a national
leader in education progress.”


Mike Easley
Governor of North Carolina
 Pride of the Carolinas (1987)
Pepsi Bottling Ventures, LLC
in Raleigh

3rd largest Pepsi
bottler in the US

Owned by Suntory
Japanese beverage
company
The Center for 21st Century Skills is
focused on better preparing students
for the high-skilled jobs of the new
economy by redesigning PreK-14
curriculum, updating educator training and
providing improved student assessments
in North Carolina.


                     www.21stcenturyskills.org
       Jobs in 2014 (USA)

college degree                                                 high school
or higher                                                      degree or less
                    12.4% 12.8%


                                  45.4%                        high school/
                                                               some college

       U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics
       http://stats.bls.gov/emp/optd/optd001.pdf
  2014 Projected NC Employment:
        Education Required
                work exp.           Bachelor’s degree

     long OJT                                   Bachelor + work exp.
                                                     Master’s degree
                                                      Doctorate degree
                                                        Professional
                                                    1,2 year college
mod. OJT                                             Associate degree




                                         short OJT


            NC Employment Security Commission
2005 NC High School Graduate Intentions

                                 Other
             Employment

            Military
Trade and
Business
Schools
  Private                                                       Public Senior
  Junior                                                         Institutions
  Colleges

Community and
Technical Colleges

                                                       Private Senior
                                                        Institutions
                   NC Public Schools Statistical Profile 2006
Postsecondary Intentions vs. Reality
  Graduate Intentions   Education Required



  OJT                             4 year
 12.1%
                                  19.2%
              4 year                   10%
                                   1-2 year
1-2 year       48.0%
                         OJT
  36.6%                    62.4%
               Begin with the
               end in mind.


Does education prepare for a career,
or the next level of education?
  Who’s Writing the Curriculum?
      • Educators?
      • Business Persons?
      • Politicians?

What are we preparing students for?
      • More Education?
      • Entry-Level Career?
      • Life?
        WCPSS Mission

The Wake County Public School
System will educate each student
to be a responsible and productive
citizen who can effectively manage
future challenges.
     NC Board of Education
           Mission
Every public school student will
graduate from high school, globally
competitive for work and
postsecondary education and
prepared for life in the 21st Century.
The Career Planning Process
1.   Assessments! Skill and interest inventories.
2.   Do your homework! Research all careers.
3.   Get out there! Job shadowing, internship, etc.
4.   Talk to adults!          Find out what they do.
5.   Pick a career! An entry-level position.
6.   Start a map! Schooling, certification, background
     checks or other requirements.
7.   What’s next? What does it take to get to the next
     level?


                       www.wcpss.net/school_to_career
  Four-Year High School Plan
            Goal is high school graduation
           Reviewed by parents, counselor

                        vs
Ten-Year Education/Career Plan
        “Where do you want to be at age 25?”
      Goal is successful entry into the workplace
Reviewed by parents, counselor, and future employers
    Critical Skills for Today
         and Tomorrow
• A combination of basic knowledge and
  applied skills
• Professionalism/work ethic, teamwork/
  collaboration, and oral communications
• Knowledge of foreign languages, an area that
  will increase in importance in the next five years
• Creativity/innovation, which is projected to
  increase in importance for future workforce
  entrants

        Susan McLester and Todd McIntire. The Workforce Readiness Crisis. Technology & Learning. Nov 15, 2006.
    Critical Skills for Today
         and Tomorrow
• Employers place much greater value on the
  applied skills of leadership, critical thinking,
  and problem-solving than on more
  traditional basic skills such as reading
  comprehension or mathematics.
• While the ‘three Rs’ are still fundamental to
  any new workforce entrant’s ability to do the
  job, employers emphasize that applied skills
  are ‘very important’ to success at work.
        Susan McLester and Todd McIntire. The Workforce Readiness Crisis. Technology & Learning. Nov 15, 2006.
    Basic Knowledge Skills
•   English Language (spoken)
•   Reading Comprehension (in English)
•   Writing in English (grammar, spelling, etc.)
•   Mathematics
•   Science
•   Government/Economics
•   Humanities/Arts
•   Foreign Languages
•   History/Geography
       Susan McLester and Todd McIntire. The Workforce Readiness Crisis. Technology & Learning. Nov 15, 2006.
                  Applied Skills
•   Critical Thinking, Problem Solving
•   Oral Communications
•   Written Communications
•   Teamwork, Collaboration
•   Diversity
•   Information Technology Application
•   Leadership
•   Creativity, Innovation
•   Lifelong Learning, Self Direction
•   Professionalism, Work Ethic
•   Ethics, Social Responsibility
       Susan McLester and Todd McIntire. The Workforce Readiness Crisis. Technology & Learning. Nov 15, 2006.
Workplace Professionalism
• Punctuality, courtesy, and manners
  are among the qualities many
  employers see as having fallen through
  the cracks between the Baby Boomer
  generation and succeeding ones.




      Susan McLester and Todd McIntire. The Workforce Readiness Crisis. Technology & Learning. Nov 15, 2006.
When funds are short we cut…
 • Art, Music, Dance, Theater,
   Computers, Athletics, Career and
   Technical Education
 • These are the programs where
   students are asked to apply the skills
   they learn in core courses
 • Electives are now essentials !!

       Susan McLester and Todd McIntire. The Workforce Readiness Crisis. Technology & Learning. Nov 15, 2006.
                 The Solutions
• First, schools must find ways to teach
  applied skills integrated with core
  academic subjects.
• Curriculum Integration.
  – Core collaboration with electives.
  – Brings relevance to learning!
  – Career Academies

      Susan McLester and Todd McIntire. The Workforce Readiness Crisis. Technology & Learning. Nov 15, 2006.
                  The Solutions
• Second, the business community must be
  more active in defining the skills they need
  from their new employees and then partner
  with schools to create opportunities for
  students to obtain them.
• Ongoing discussion among all
  stakeholders - education, business, and
  government.


       Susan McLester and Todd McIntire. The Workforce Readiness Crisis. Technology & Learning. Nov 15, 2006.
School-to-Career Council
                      School-to-Career Council
                         Leadership Team



                          Career Academy            Career Pathway
Business Alliance
                          Advisory Board            Employer Team
Leadership Team
                              Leaders                  Leaders



    Business              Career Academy            Career Pathway
    Alliances             Advisory Boards           Employer Teams




                    High Schools & Middle Schools

                                                     www.wcpss.net/school_to_career
      Virtual Businesses
• Adidas/Reebok      • SL Business
• American Apparel     Magazine
                     • Starwood Hotels
• American Cancer
  Society            • TELUS Mobility
                     • Toyota/Scion
• Dell
                     • 20th Century Fox
• IBM
                     • University of
• Reuters              Southern
                       California
                     • Many musicians
~270 L$ = 1 US$
            Our Mission
Help our students find the right career:
    • High demand occupations in growing
      industries
    • ROI - Education vs. Salary
    • Jobs with potential for advancement
    • Future-proof occupations
    • Transferable skills
    • Job satisfaction
Everybody’s Working For The Weekend (Loverboy)
Take This Job And Shove It (Johnny Paycheck)
Rainy Days And Mondays Always Get Me Down (Carpenters)
I Don’t Like Mondays (Boomtown Rats)
Don’t Talk To Me About Work (Lou Reed )
The Work Song (Billy Squier)
Goin’ To Work (Martina McBride )
Off To Work (Chicago)
I’ve Been Working On The Railroad (John Denver)
I Don’t Wanna Work That Hard (Blaine Larsen)
Seven Day Weekend (Abc)
The Weekend Song (Alanis Morissette)
Living For The Weekend (Hard-Fi)
        Passion and Purpose
Twenty years from now you will
be more disappointed by the things
that you didn't do than by the ones
you did do. So throw off the
bowlines. Sail away from the safe
harbor. Catch the trade winds in
your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

                     - Mark Twain
  Passion and Purpose
Thriving in your work, not just surviving.

Leaving the world a little better off because
you cared to make a difference in your
work.

Regard every person you meet as
possessing a special gift to give which, if
fulfilled, will make the world a better place
in which to live. - Earl Droessler
Passion and Purpose
Thanks for coming!


                                Chris Droessler
                            School-to-Career Coordinator
                          Wake County Public School System
                               Raleigh, North Carolina




  www.wcpss.net/school_to_career/resources

				
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