The district finds that early improvement in career literacy results in improvement

Career literacy can no longer be a concern after education. Although career plans have long been promoted in the United States, we are clearly not doing enough, especially for girls and students from low-income and minority backgrounds who, research tells us, tend to limit their aspirations. The earlier we focus on career literacy, the better.

Career literacy, when introduced early in life, can successfully challenge the concept of self-limitation. One way to overcome the lack of information and equip students for post-secondary decision making is to give them the opportunity to explore different career paths. Exploring different fields of career helps to prepare them for both career and college. It’s a way to provide young students with the tools to achieve their goals – and in many cases, higher goals.

At the Western Mericopa Education Center (West-MEC), Arizona, a career and technical education (CTE) school district, high school students and adult students go through rigorous programs to prepare for a demand-driven career. Since CTE focuses on hands-on learning and post-secondary preparation, it is a key component of career literacy. It nurtures active learning, imparts professional skills and prepares students for transformation into a workforce or higher education. Indeed, a report from the U.S. Department of Education noted that students participating in the CTE program graduated from high school at a higher rate than their peers who did not participate and earned higher wages eight years after graduation.

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