Technology for the 21st Century

Technology for the 21st Century is a career exploration class in which students will
*Create a personal work skills and employment portfolio
*Explore the 16 Career Clusters
*Use Career Cruising and ILCIS to complete online interactive career, personality, and learning style assessments to help realize and better understand personal interests, skills, and strengths.
*Connect and job shadow with a mentor in the community for activities relevant to their career study
*Explore and demonstrate appropriate interview etiquette and skills
*Complete a personal resume
*Visit a public 4-year university (UW-Platteville), and a private 4-year university (University of Dubuque) to explore options for career training after college.

This course is offered as dual credit with Highland Community College as OCED 250: Workplace Preparation.

August and September Highlights:  We began our career exploration and workplace preparation by completing a variety of online activities to help identify student strengths and interests.  Students are narrowing down possible career options and looking at how they fit into the 16 Career Clusters .  Resume writing and completing a reality check to find out if a career will provide enough income to live have been our most recent activities.  We are actively planning our job shadowing visits to be completed during the months of October and November.

October Highlights:  The month has been a busy one for Tech 21 students.  We ventured out on our first field trip to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on October 1st to attend the college fair and take a tour of the college.  Students had a chance to network and talk to reps from over 100 colleges and tech schools.  Job shadows were done this month (and a few in early November) and helped students get a first-hand look at a career of interest.  Experiences ranged from making rounds with nurses at a local hospital to witnessing a surgery at a local vet clinic.

November Highlights:  Our month began with an awesome field trip to tour the University of Dubuque.  Tech 21 students got to see up-front and personal a typical, Midwestern private liberal arts college.  Class members also discovered how good their food service program is when we were treated to a free lunch!  Our classroom focus has been on finding jobs, getting an interview, and correct interview etiquette and protocol.  

December Highlights:  The final month of our class included each student creating a major PowerPoint project highlighting what he/she has learned about careers, job skills, and their future employment during the past semester.  Attired in business casual attire to create a feeling of professionalism, each class member presented the project to class members, administrators, and interested parents.

This is a one-semester course.  Please check back here in August 2020.

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