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First Ring Superintendents' Collaborative Career Readiness Resources
 
In support of the First Ring’s Superintendent’s Collaborative vision of lifelong success for its students, the First Ring Collaborative has compiled resources for First Ring districts regarding Career Readiness. These resources include guidance and preparation for multiple post-graduation pathways.

According to the Future of the U.S. Workforce series which can be found at www.achieve.org/career-readiness:
  • The U.S. workforce will require more education and skills in the near future
  • Low skills jobs provide few opportunities for advancement or security
  • The skills mismatch is real (more skills are needed for available jobs)
  • There are many pathways to middle and high skills jobs, but education and training beyond high school is the common denominator.
What is needed to be Career Ready?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) define career readiness as the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace. The competencies associated with career readiness are:
  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Oral/written communication
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Digital technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/Worth ethic
  • Career management
  • Global/intercultural fluency
See this link for detailed information about these competencies:
http://www.naceweb.org/uploadedfiles/pages/knowledge/articles/career-readiness-fact-sheet.pdf

More NACE Career Readiness resources [sample materials and assessments]:
http://www.naceweb.org/career-readiness/competencies/career-readiness-resources/

Career Awareness

Career awareness is an exploration of possible career pathways and job opportunities as well as understanding what skills are needed in order to be successful. Many students learn more about themselves if they take a career interest inventory or assessment. Some of the student management systems, such as Naviance, have career inventories available.

Career Interest Inventories or Assessments:

Ohio Means Jobs [Explore it]
https://jobseeker.k-12.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/ExploreIt/DefaultCci.aspx#/welcome

U.S. Department of Labor
https://www.mynextmove.org/ [Search careers, browse careers, take an interest inventory]

https://www.onetcenter.org/usingOnet.html [Career Exploration using O-NET Interest Profiler]

https://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/explore-careers.aspx [assessments, occupation, career videos, salaries, state by state information]

CollegeBoard’s RoadTrip Nation [requires registration for a free account]
https://collegeboard.roadtripnation.com/

Big Future [CollegeBoard] [major and career search]
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors-careers

Cuyahoga Community College [Career Coach]
https://tri-c.emsicareercoach.com/

Battelle For Kids – College and Career Readiness Resources
http://portal.battelleforkids.org/Ohio/topics/college-and-career-readiness/college-career-resources

Career Exploration & Planning

Career exploration and planning involves looking at specific career interests more in depth such as participating in career shadowing or internships, examining self-awareness about one’s skills, participating in service learning, and developing a plan to achieve one’s goals.

U.S. Department of Labor – Occupational Outlook Handbook [provides information about different occupations, salaries, and education needed for occupations]
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Ohio Means Jobs [Plan It]
https://jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/PlanIt/Index.aspx

Ohio Means Jobs [Career Clusters]
https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Career-Tech/Career-Connections/Resources-for-Teachers/K-12-RESOURCE-GUIDE_9-11-2014.pdf.aspx

Ohio Means Jobs [Career Fairs and Workshops]
https://jobseeker.k-12.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/ExploreIt/Events.aspx

Ohio Department of Education [Career Pathways]
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Career-Tech/Career-Connections/Career-Pathways

College Credit Plus [Earn credit for college while in high school]
https://www.ohiohighered.org/content/college_credit_plus_info_students_families

Career InfoNet [certification finder, salaries, resume help, career videos (also in Spanish).
https://www.careerinfonet.org/select_occupation.asp?next=occ_rep

National Association of Colleges and Employers [salary information]
http://www.naceweb.org/default.aspx

Advance → State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work --
National Career Technical Education Foundation
[Career Clusters, Knowledge & Skills statements, Plan of Study]
https://careertech.org/career-clusters

MAP Your Career [Workforce Development Council – Seattle]
http://www.mapyourcareer.org/

Career Assessment Resources

ACT WorkKeys Test Preparation [earn industry credentialing]
http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workforce-solutions/act-workkeys/test-preparation.html

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery [for those interested in the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Army]
http://www.asvabpracticetests.com/

ACT
http://www.act.org/

SAT
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

National Association of Colleges and Employers [examples: internship evaluation form, career planning for liberal arts]
http://www.naceweb.org/career-readiness/competencies/sample-assessments/

Career Technical Education Schools in the First Ring [schools served in italics]

Cuyahoga Valley JVSD (Cuyahoga Hts., Garfield Hts., Brecksville-Broadview Hts., Independence,
Nordonia, North Royalton, Revere, Twinsburg)
http://www.cvccworks.edu/

East Cleveland City (East Cleveland, Apex Academy)
http://www.east-cleveland.k12.oh.us/school_dept.aspx?deptid=74&schoolID=12

Lake Shore Compact (Euclid, Mentor, Wickliffe, New Day Academy, Noble Academy, Pinnacle Academy)
https://www.lakeshorecompact.org/

Lakewood City [West Shore Career Technical District] (Lakewood, Bay Village, Lakewood City Academy, Rocky River, Westlake)
http://www.lakewoodcityschools.org/school_home.aspx?schoolid=14

Maple Heights-Bedford (Bedford, Maple Heights, Ohio College Prep School, T2Honors Academy)
http://www.bedford.k12.oh.us/1/Content2/206
http://www.mapleschools.com/administrativeDepartment.aspx?aid=46

Mayfield Excel TECC (South Euclid Lyndhurst, Richmond Hts.,Aurora, Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Mayfield, Orange, Solon, West Geauga, Willoughby-Eastlake)
http://www.mayfieldschools.org/ExcelTECCCareerTechnicalPrograms.aspx

Parma City (Parma City, Constellation Schools, Quest Community School, Summit Academy CS-Parma)
http://www.parmacityschools.org/Domain/121

Polaris JVSD (Berea, Brooklyn, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Strongsville)
http://www.polaris.edu/

Tri-Heights Career Prep Consortium (Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Discovery Academy, Shaker Heights City, The Haley Schools, Warrensville Heights City)
http://www.chuh.org/Tri-HeightsConsortium.aspx


College Credit Plus (college readiness determined by individual colleges/universities)

Baldwin-Wallace University
https://www.bw.edu/undergraduate-admission/guest/college- credit-plus/ (not participating)
Case Western Reserve University
http://sites.jcu.edu/admission/pages/apply/transient-students/college-credit-plus-2/

Please note: many other Ohio colleges participate, some on-line

Local Certification Programs at Colleges (ask about CCP as a starting point)

Cuyahoga Community College
http://www.tri-c.edu/workforce/index.html

(200+ Workforce training and programs)
http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/programs-a-z.html

For example: Network Technician
http://www.tri-c.edu/workforce/cisco/network-support-technician.html (training needed, funding eligibility, required abilities, salary information, video about CISCO training at Tri-C)

High demand certification programs:

Bio-Medical Engineering Technology
http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/engineering-technology/bio-medical-engineering-technology.html

Electronic Engineering Technician Certificate
http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/engineering-technology/electronic-engineering-technician-certificate.html

Laboratory Phlebotomy
http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/health-careers/laboratory-phlebotomy/index.html

Medical Assisting
http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/health-careers/medical-assisting/index.html

Employment Sites for the Cleveland area

Cleveland.com

Monster
https://www.monster.com/jobs/l-cleveland,-oh.aspx 
 
Career Builder
 
Indeed
https://www.indeed.com/l-Cleveland,-OH-jobs.html
 
Snagajob
http://www.snagajob.com/jobs/ohio/cleveland_jobs.html
 
SimplyHired
Craigslist
https://cleveland.craigslist.org/search/jjj
 
http://cleveland.employmentguide.com/


Cleveland-Area Programs that Partner with Schools

Greater Cleveland Partnership
http://www.gcpartnership.com/en/About-GCP.aspx

Junior Achievement

https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-grcleveland

Youth Opportunities Unlimited
http://www.youthopportunities.org/

Community-Based Workforce Programs:

School-Based Workforce Programs:
Contact Information
 
 
Amy Harker
Career Readiness Coordinator
First Ring Superintendents' Collaborative 
(216) 524-3000 
 
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