The choices in planning for a career include more than a 2 or 4-year degree. Career training can also include apprenticeship, civic service, military service and a variety of other pathways to certification in a desired field.
Currently only 61% of Flagstaff area high school students enter into some form of post-secondary training or education in the year following graduation.
WHAT WE’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON
Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP)
At its foundation, world-class education is student focused and student led. The Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) is the tool through which students can articulate their interests and passion. From a student’s ECAP, educators, parents, and community members can identify resources that engages the student around their specific interest and passion. This is why the ECAP was chosen as a big lever to influence multiple educational goals.
Subject-matter experts, secondary and post-secondary educators are gathering around three components of the ECAP work:
Too many young adults and their parents make post secondary training and education decisions with little awareness of the future financial impact on themselves.
Understanding available options are key to making post secondary planning choices. Internships provide practical experience with local businesses to help inform post secondary decisions.
Earning college credit while still in high school helps to build confidence in a student’s ability to master advanced coursework and start a college transcript at reduced cost.
QUESTIONS FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION
- How are other communities in Arizona embracing students through ECAP?
- What relationships could we leverage for serving as mentors to students?
- What other measurements could be useful to monitor our progress?