|(a) General requirements. This course is recommended
for students in Grades 11 and 12. Prerequisite: Successful completion
of one or more advanced career and technical education courses that
are part of a coherent sequence of courses in a career cluster related
to the field in which the student will be employed. Corequisite: Career
Preparation I or Career Preparation II. This course must be taken
concurrently with Career Preparation I or Career Preparation II and
may not be taken as a stand-alone course. Students shall be awarded
one credit for successful completion of this course. A student may
repeat this course once for credit provided that the student is experiencing
different aspects of the industry and demonstrating proficiency in
additional and more advanced knowledge and skills.
(1) Career and technical education instruction provides
content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical
knowledge and skills for students to further their education and succeed
in current or emerging professions.
(2) Career development is a lifelong pursuit of answers
to the questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What am I meant to do with
my life? It is vital that students have a clear sense of direction
for their career choice. Career planning is a critical step and is
essential to success.
(3) Extended Career Preparation provides opportunities
for students to participate in a work-based learning experience that
combines classroom instruction with business and industry employment
experiences. The goal is to prepare students with a variety of skills
for a changing workplace. Career preparation is relevant and rigorous,
supports student attainment of academic standards, and effectively
prepares students for college and career success.
(4) Students are encouraged to participate in extended
learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations
and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.
(5) Statements that contain the word "including" reference
content that must be mastered, while those containing the phrase "such
as" are intended as possible illustrative examples.
(c) Knowledge and skills.
(1) The student demonstrates professional standards/employability
skills as required by business and industry. The student is expected
(A) participate in a paid work-based application of
previously studied knowledge and skills related to career and technical
(B) participate in training, education, or preparation
for licensure, certification, or other relevant credentials to prepare
(C) demonstrate professional standards and personal
qualities needed to be employable such as punctuality, initiative,
and cooperation with increased fluency;
(D) complete tasks with high standards to ensure delivery
of quality products and services;
(E) employ teamwork and conflict-management skills
with increased fluency to achieve collective goals; and
(F) employ planning and time-management skills with
increased fluency to enhance results and complete work tasks.
(2) The student implements advanced professional communications
strategies. The student is expected to:
(A) apply appropriate content knowledge, technical
concepts, and vocabulary with increased fluency when analyzing information
and following directions;
(B) demonstrate verbal and non-verbal communication
consistently in a clear, concise, and effective manner;
(C) analyze, interpret, and effectively communicate
information, data, and observations;
(D) observe and interpret verbal and nonverbal cues
and behaviors to enhance communication;
(E) apply active listening skills to obtain and clarify
(F) employ effective internal and external communications
to support work activities.
(3) The student applies concepts of critical thinking
and problem solving. The student is expected to:
(A) employ critical-thinking skills with increased
fluency both independently and in groups to solve problems and make
(B) analyze elements of a problem to develop creative
and innovative solutions; and
(C) demonstrate the use of content, technical concepts,
and vocabulary when analyzing information and following directions.
(4) The student understands and applies proper safety
techniques in the workplace. The student is expected to:
(A) demonstrate an understanding of and consistently
follow workplace safety rules and regulations;
(B) demonstrate safe operation of tools and equipment
used in the industry;
(C) describe and perform hazard analysis; and
(D) demonstrate knowledge of procedures for reporting
and handling accidents and safety incidents.
(5) The student understands the professional, ethical,
and legal responsibilities as they relate to employment and the workplace.
The student is expected to:
(A) demonstrate a positive, productive work ethic by
performing assigned tasks as directed;
(B) apply ethical reasoning to a variety of situations
in order to make ethical decisions; and
(C) comply with all applicable rules, laws, and regulations
in a consistent manner.
(6) The student participates in a paid career preparation
experience. The student is expected to:
(A) conduct, document, and evaluate learning activities
in a supervised employment experience;
(B) develop advanced technical knowledge and skills
related to the student's occupational objective;
(C) demonstrate growth of technical skill competencies;
(D) evaluate strengths and weaknesses in technical
skill proficiency; and
(E) collect representative work samples.