School to Careers (STC) provides college and career readiness services for students across multiple grade levels from elementary through postsecondary STC also offers services that can enhance district guidance planning, and professional development for faculty to support both short and long term college and career preparation.
The overarching goal of STC is to provide students with purposeful and meaningful experiences that apply directly to their interests and help them to make informed decisions. STC gives students opportunities across the “Greater Mohawk Valley” from Rome to Cooperstown, students are able to connect and build relationships with business/industry partners and college professionals that will create pipelines to their future.
STC LEVEL I SERVICES DESCRIPTION
STC Level I Base Services are available for all districts and include a variety of events and activities. The goal is to provide regional opportunities for students and districts in way that will garner interest and provide exposure to students.
Note: “Give & Go” Services are those in which STC provides information, materials, and/or general support to the requestor but does not provide for any additional service for the request.
Business Tours I
With approximately 300 business and industry partners across the 16 career clusters, STC is able to provide districts with the necessary information to set up their own specific student tours. This is a “give & go” service from STC.
STC has the flexibility and community reach to access a variety of guest speakers. STC will target your specific request to a guest speaker and provide the requestor the necessary information to contact and schedule their own guest speakers, saving countless hours for the planner. This is a “give & go” service from STC.
Regional Events (coordinated by STC and available for the “Greater Mohawk Valley”)
STC works closely with many agencies, departments, colleges, neighboring BOCES collaborations, and chambers of commerce to facilitate, plan, host, coordinate, and lead regional activities. STC will provide for information, registration, guidelines, conduit of communication, process, procedure, feedback, survey, and liaison type activities associate with these events. These events include but are not limited to; MFG Expo, MVCID, 7th Grade Career Construction Day, Farming Your Future, etc.
Regional Events (developed by STC and specific for our region)
STC has worked closely with many of our component school districts, colleges, business/industry partners and leaders to create experiences for students with a wide canvas approach. The goal is to expose as many students as possible to the various career clusters and link them to both the local native pipeline and the global career marketplace. These events include but are not limited to; Men’s Career Experience, Women’s Career Journey, 8 to Great, CTE Sophomore Visitation, Regional Career Fairs, etc.
Preparing for the Job Shadowing Experience
As students travel along their career journey it becomes important for them to experience relevant job shadows. This allows a student to become more familiar with the career of interest and supports them in their decision making process. STC will provide districts with the career interest inventory/survey for their targeted grade levels (typically grades 6-10) and will support the district in obtaining their student results. STC will provide district with options for business and industry job shadowing sites that best match the results indicated by their student interests. STC will also provide the district with the “STC Job Shadowing Tool Kit” which includes various documents needed for a job shadowing experience. This is a “give & go” service from STC.
Workshops Package A
STC has worked closely with various curriculum specialists to develop several pre-made workshops each designed with a specific career focus, targeted across a spectrum of grade levels and can be delivered in a series or individually. Each is available and ready as support materials for your classroom curriculums and/or group settings. Additional information is available for each workshop upon request. This is a “give & go” service from STC.
CDOS Credentialing and Work Based Learning (WBL) Hours Support
In support of the multiple pathways to high school graduation and more specifically the CDOS Credential STC subscribes to CDOS online (CDOS Solutions Software Platform) through Citi BOCES (see CDOSOnline.org). There is no additional cost to the districts to utilize this student management system. Districts simply indicate they would like to utilize the software and STC facilitates set-up.
In level I STC provides for full access and facilitates questions and concerns regarding the CDOS Solutions Platform. STC will work closely with Citi BOCES on your behalf to ensure the software is running correctly and your students are imported. The district team is responsible for their students. STC does not manage any students or the system in this level I service. An extended service is also available in Level II.
STC LEVEL II SERVICES DESCRIPTION
STC Level II Services are value added experiences that can be customized and tailored to specific district requests. Level II services are contracted by your district. These are rich and robust value added and student targeted.
Business Tours II
Much like the Business Tours I in the level I service with approximately 300 business and industry partners across the 16 career clusters, STC is able to establish very targeted tours. Individualized to the unique interest of each student, STC conducts career interest inventories/surveys with your selected students. STC then processes the results and creates a student profile. That student profile lays the foundation for selecting the most appropriate business tour that will align with your student interests. These tours bring a rich sense of reality and connect the demonstrated interest to the “real-world” application.
Much like the guest speakers found in the level I service, STC expands this delivery and targets the 16 career clusters, bringing to life the aspects of being in the field. STC collaborates with business/industry partners and local/regional leaders to create an exceptional experience. Districts indicate a desired career cluster and STC works closely and collaboratively with district to select various guest speakers from those clusters. STC will make all necessary connections and handle all communication, student and speaker materials, support, and facilitation of the seminar. Typically districts select these in a monthly rotation.
Job Shadowing Experience
Level I job shadowing experience gets students ready and provides districts with a wealth of information. Job shadowing experience in level II takes this to the next step. STC provides for the complete service. Students are identified by guidance/school counselors in accordance to the district's “good academic standing & attendance” policies. Using results of previous and/or current career inventories/surveys STC provides for a full service for job shadowing experiences.
Utilizing district coordinated transportation, students will receive up to two shadow experiences. STC coordinates all aspects of the Job Shadowing Tool Kit, including, all paperwork, parental permissions, business contacts, and assisting students with a reflective essay, evaluation form, and business thank you letter.
Junior Career Journeys
Junior Career Journeys is exclusive to juniors. Juniors are identified by guidance/school counselors in accordance to the district's “good academic standing & attendance” policies. Using results of previous and/or current career inventories/surveys STC provides for a full service for job shadowing experiences. With up to ten job shadowing experiences and spread throughout the school year students will obtain valuable insight to support their college and career direction. Students are earn WBL hours and are required to utilize both the Remind Message app and Google classroom functions. Transportation is coordinated and provided by the district. STC does not work with district transportation departments and/or local transportation options.
Rising Seniors is for students who have just completed their junior year and are headed into the summer. This services’ flexible design has the ability to work around student schedules for the best possible approach to obtaining and completing a summer internship. Full placement of the student(s) includes but not limited to the following; Pre and post meetings with business/industry partner, coordination with district point person to ensure proper scheduling & communication throughout the internship experience, parent/guardian authorizations/release forms, partner/host consent forms, student & teacher contracts, host & student evaluation forms, student reflective essays, monitor and report student attendance, and student thank you letters. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Permission forms and/or riding permission forms can be obtained. STC does not work with district transportation departments and/or local transportation options.
Basic Internship Placements
Basic Internships prepare students for both the career and college stage of their lives. Exclusive to seniors STC provides for a full internship experience. Seniors are identified by guidance/school counselors in accordance to the district's “good academic standing & attendance” policies. Using results of previous and/or current career inventories/surveys & previous job shadowing experiences STC provides for a full service internship experiences. STC will work closely with each student and the district counselor to ensure the RIGHT internship placement is found. Internship placements are up to 15 hours and students earn WBL hours and are required to utilize both the Remind Message app and Google classroom functions. Transportation is coordinated and provided by the district. STC does not work with district transportation departments and/or local transportation options.
Advanced Career Immersion Experience (ACIE)
This is the most comprehensive internship service offered by STC. Students are provided an experience that can help them to determine their life plan. Students are able to forge lasting relationships within their own student cohorts, neighboring district students, colleges, mentors, and business leaders. ACIE is designed for seniors that are self-motivated, curious, determined, and talented. ACIE students are identified by their guidance/school counselors as academically talented and/or whose curiosity expands beyond the traditional classroom. Once student are identified STC will meet with district team members, provide an overview of the program to the students, and schedule mock student interviews. STC will work with each student and district guidance/school counselor to ensure the proper internship placement for each student. Once accepted into ACIE, students are responsible for their own transportation, to maintain “good academic standing & attendance” in accordance to the district policies, submit monthly reflection logs, timesheets, to participate in group discussions, attend the mandatory orientation session, maintain excellent attendance at the internship site, abide by all rules, regulations, and expectations set forth by the internship site, and maintain positive reports from mentors. The flexible design model allows for student to be placed in either a 12 or 24 week experience (one or two placements) totaling 72 hours of internship experience. Kicking off in September with a mandatory parent/student orientation session, the ACIE program officially begins in October and is on-going through mid-April. Throughout the Advanced Career Immersion Experience students are provided career counseling and coaching coupled with various career/college skill building workshops. The ACIE program closes with a formal recognition ceremony. ACIE students earn WBL hours and are required to utilize both the Remind Message app and Google classroom functions. See the ACIE Framework document for additional program details.
CDOS Credentialing and Work Based Learning (WBL) Hours Support Level II
In level II STC provides for all the services and support as identified in the level I service. In addition the STC team, led by the certified WBL Coordinator will provide full support and work closely with the district personnel to identified district students that would be eligible for the CDOS credential. STC WBL Coordinator will identify potential approved WBL hours and will collaborate with district personnel to schedule opportunities to achieve the required WBL hours. STC retains and shares all records with district to create the portfolio/transcript (CDOS Solutions Platform). STC manages the CDOS Solutions Platform and student needs provided by the district. The district receives CDOS Solutions Platform access to students and will be able to note on-going progress. Additionally services maybe requested and planned accordingly; assistance in the development of a career plan and review it annually (information may be used to support student transition planning) with students and district personnel, employability profile development, student exit summary completion, support evidence to demonstrate attainment of CDOS Learning Standards (WBL opportunities scheduled with STC will be included), and STC can provide a connection to ACCES-VR and/or OPWDD to counselors and eligibility services.
Workshops Package B
This service allows for a customized and tailored approach to a full workshop delivery. STC will work directly with district personnel to identify the needs, create a workshop plan, discussion and gain feedback, secure appropriate professionals and deliver the workshop in conjunction with selected individuals.
Specific District Career Planning (Guidance Plan Support)
New York State Education Department (SED) has progressively created regulations that relate to the development and requirements associated with district guidance planning. STC can work collaboratively with district personnel to support the development of a comprehensive career plan.
STC provides for faculty, staff, and or administration the opportunity to select from any of the 16 career clusters and partake in a job shadow learning and connecting experience. The overarching goal is to be able to provide educators and team members a platform in which they can experience firsthand how their instruction and careers connect.