The goal of MeckEd’s Career Pathways Program is to expose students to different career pathways through work-based learning opportunities, such as internships, job shadows, and workshops. Career Pathways Advisors work to partner with area businesses to provide these workplace opportunities for students. Additionally, Career Pathways Advisors inform students, teachers, and families about post-secondary educational opportunities. Career Pathways Advisors are based in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) high schools.
According to the Harvard Graduate School of Education “Pathways to Prosperity” report (February 2011):
- Many students drop out of school because they do not see a clear connection between their program of study and opportunities in the job market.
- In the U.S. economy, there is a “skills gap”—high school graduates lack the skills needed for many of the 21st century jobs that pay a middle-class wage.
- In addition to skills, many students are at a disadvantage because they also have an “experience gap.” Career Pathways Advisors help close this gap by providing an array of interesting and meaningful experiences outside of traditional classroom environments.
- The fastest job growth is predicted to come “among occupations that require an associate’s degree or a post-secondary vocational award” (Council of Economic Advisors Report, July 2009).
Key Responsibilities include:
Establish and/or strengthen business and education partnerships
- Serve as the connector and facilitator to significantly increase the number of current CMS students participating in the following:
- Local industry apprenticeships.
- On-site internships.
- Work-based learning opportunities- including job readiness workshops, job shadows, and site visits.
Develop a relationship with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) staff involved in workplace learning programs.
Expand existing career-management and traditional career counseling services
- Clearly define pathways toward countless 21st-century career opportunities including, but not limited to, the fields of IT, energy, finance, advanced manufacturing, and the medical profession.
- Counsel students on the menu of opportunities related to various careers and the coursework needed to enter those careers.
Inform students, families, school counselors, and businesses of available opportunities
- Create an awareness campaign to message to students, families, and guidance counselors the value of Associate Arts degrees, qualifications, and certifications available through Central Piedmont Community College.
- Coordinate field trips, assemblies, small-group meetings, classroom visits, and other activities aimed at providing students and teachers with information about career pathways and post-secondary educational options.
- Brainstorm and develop meaningful volunteer opportunities for parents, businesses, and the community.
- Effectively communicate to business leaders the incentives and benefits of investing in the development of future workers and encourage participation as collaborative partners.
Manage day-to-day program
- Track and analyze student, school-wide, and business partner participation data, using an existing framework.
- Manage an annual budget and operating plan.
- Responsible for managing logistics of all work-based learning opportunities provided for students.
- Build relationships and maintain regular communication with school administrators, teachers, Career Development Coordinators, and district-level Career and Technical Education staff.
- Deliver public presentations in order to raise awareness about the Career Pathways Program and encourage community and business involvement.
- Assist with MeckEd community engagement programming, community relations efforts, and donor relations as needed.
- Collaborate with existing MeckEd Career Pathways Advisors when needed.
Click here Career Path Advisor Job Description 2017 for complete job description and instructions on how to apply. No phone calls, please.