JP Schools Celebrates Inaugural Career Ready Week April 26-30, 2021
Thank you to everyone who participated!
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John Ehret High Hosts Superintendent Dr. Gray and School Board Member Tiffany Kuhn
Career Ready Week Breakfast
“Central to our 2024 strategic plan is preparing all students to graduate ready for a career or college,” said Dr. James Gray, superintendent for JP Schools. “Our students are entering an economy that demands a better educated workforce than ever before. Alongside our local business and industry partners, we’re proud to offer several programs and career pathways to prepare students for high-skilled, high-demand and high-wage jobs.
According to graduation data from 2019, only 51% of JP Schools students immediately entered college following high school graduation. The district is working to close the gap for the other 49% with technical training embedded directly into the high school experience.
Gray emphasized, “It’s critical that we direct equal attention to offering students work-based learning experiences as we do to college preparation. Our local workforce depends on it.”
Career readiness initiatives on JP Schools high school campuses included:
- Differentiated graduation pathways and diplomas based on a student’s postsecondary plans
- Career Technical Education (CTE) in high-demand career clusters
- Fast Forward, a pathway to pursue an associate’s degree through a partner community college while simultaneously earning a high school diploma
- Leadership opportunities through business clubs, such as Jobs for America’s Graduates
- Free registration for the ACT WorkKeys, a career readiness assessment test
- Access to the Cuillier Career Center, a state of the art job-training school
- Opportunities to earn industry based credentials
- Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs
The awareness campaign focused on high school campuses, but all levels of schools within the district were encouraged to participate by hosting virtual career days, dress-up days and more.
Stay Tuned for Dates for Next Year’s Career Ready Week
*Students enrolled in the Cullier Career Center vocational program, 2019