Career Pathways is a program of career exploration and instruction, helping students explore career choices and preparing them for a chosen field. Upon graduation from high school, students will be focused on a career and ready for either further instruction at a college, university or trade school, or to begin their chosen career.
Governor Mifflin’s approach to Career Pathways is a developmental one. Building on the awareness and exploration activities at the elementary and middle school levels, students are encouraged to identify areas of career interest. Through the use of interest inventories, classroom presentations, small group discussion, and individual conferences, students are encouraged to choose a career path and to move in the direction of fulfilling the academic preparation for their chosen career. Career shadowing, graduation project, and opportunities to obtain in-depth information on Expan and Bridges.com are avenues used to explore, develop awareness, and focus on individual goals.
Many career related projects take place in the curriculum. Some of these projects include: career reports, job shadowing, and the writing of resumes and personal statements useful for employment and higher education. Students also have the opportunity to attend college fairs and to speak with college, trade and technical school, and military representatives when they visit the school.
Co-op experiences are available to seniors in three different areas. Business students who have skills in computer application can opt for the Office Practice class in their senior year. This program will prepare and place them in an office job in the afternoon of the second semester of their senior year. Students who attend the Berks Career and Technology Center, once they have completed requirements, are eligible for a half day co-op work experience.
The complete Career Pathways program is explained in detail in each student’s Program of Studies booklet.