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Job Exploration

The Job Exploration course consists of 3 classes taught once per week for 3 weeks. This course is designed to motivate and empower students for work and educational advancement. Students will gain knowledge regarding the correlation between success in high school, success in college, and employment success.

Presentations and activities include information regarding in‐demand industry sectors and occupations, nontraditional employment, and labor market composition.

Basic interviewing concepts will be discussed and rehearsed. The course is moderated by the trainer, and designed to motivate and encourage dynamic interaction among students.

Work-Based Learning

A series of 4 classes intended to provide real-world work experiences in a classroom setting. Students will gain essential knowledge and skills that are important for work life and for career exploration.

The course is designed to help you transition from school to work. You will participate in several simulated real-world work situations in the classroom. Students will assume different workplace roles in simulated work scenarios.

The instructor will encourage student interaction and learning by asking questions, using videos, making comments, and sharing real-world examples and experiences.

Specifically, you will engage in real-world work experiences in the classroom by acting-out job roles in retail, manufacturing, and medical clinic scenarios.

Team Building

A three-session course designed to help students develop team building knowledge and skills. Students who develop team building abilities become more engaged in the classroom, less disruptive, and more respectful to classmates. Team building skills are very important for success in higher education and in the workplace. Teamwork is essential, whether an individual is working in an entry-level job or in an administrative role. Students need to develop the ability to work with others who look different, who think differently, and who behave differently. In this course, students will learn to communicate appropriately and to exercise tolerance and respect for difference. The facilitator will discuss with students the value of team building skills. Students will engage in several games, activities, and projects designed to foster team building. Students will learn their role in the success of a team, and to value the different perspectives that others contribute to the team. The instructor will enhance student engagement and learning through PowerPoint presentations and other teaching aids.

You Finished High School, Now What?

Keys to Success after High School

A dynamic interactive 10-hour (one 2-hour class per week for 5 weeks) course designed to help prepare disabled high school students to explore and develop the ability to make informed choices regarding post-secondary career options. Students will explore their purpose in life, steps for making good decisions, self-advocacy skills, time management, basic goals setting, post-secondary career paths, and money management. The course structure consists of dynamic instruction, multimedia aids, class discussions, role plays, and interactive class activities. Participants will explore the following career paths: Four-year university, two-year college, certificate programs, technical careers, careers in the arm forces, internships, apprenticeships, volunteering, accessing community resources, and others.

How to Get What You Want from School, Work and Life

Advocating for yourself and developing skills for success at school, work, and beyond

A self-advocacy and jobs exploration course that will help participants acquire knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing resources and opportunities from multiple sources and for entry-level employment. This course will help students be prepared to maximally take advantage of opportunities and resources in education, employment, and others. The course consists of 42 hours (2- full school days per week for 3 weeks) of interactive classroom discussions and activities. High school students will explore and develop the ability to make informed and responsible choices, examine their purpose in life; and learn: good decision making, self-advocacy and promotion, time management, responsible living, goals setting, post-secondary career paths, using money wisely, and job exploration. The course structure consists of dynamic instruction, multimedia aids, class discussions, role plays, simulations, skits, and interactive class activities. Participants will explore the following career paths: Four-year university, two-year college, certificate programs, technical careers, careers in the arm forces, internships, apprenticeships, volunteering, accessing community resources, and others.

Projected Outcomes: Students who complete this course successfully will be able to implement the knowledge and skills acquired to better advocate for themselves by taking advantage of resources and opportunities at their schools, in their communities, when seeking employment, or at the workplace after getting a job. Students will also be able to apply information presented in this course to improve their day-to-day living during and after school.

Critical Thinking for Success

A dynamic and engaging three-session training course designed to help students acquire critical thinking skills. The course format will consist of lively exchanges of ideas and concepts aided by PowerPoint presentations, digital videos, and live illustrations, that stimulate students to maintain an open mind. Students will learn the foundational elements of critical thinking, to consider available facts, and to respect the opinion of others while making informed choices. The facilitator will encourage students to analyze and discuss scenarios, video clips, and images that challenge assumptions and conventions. Students will participate actively by taking part in short skits and other interpersonal engagements. This course is expandable for a total of 6 sessions, and adaptable for different student grade levels.

Developing a Positive Self-Image

Self-confidence is essential for personal success in school and in the world of work. Low self-esteem has been linked to violent behavior, school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, suicide, and low academic achievement. Approximately 75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities such as harmful eating habits, bullying, self-cutting, tobacco use, or the use of alcohol when experiencing low self-confidence. This three-session course is meant to help students develop a positive self-image. Additionally, students will learn how they can contribute to the self-image of others. Students will engage in dynamic discussions centered on self-concept. They also will participate in several confidence-building exercises. Students will be encouraged to value themselves and to look for and celebrate positive characteristics and traits in others. Students will engage in classroom activities meant to help them develop positive self-concepts. The facilitator will use PowerPoint presentations, video clips, dynamic interactions, and scenarios to encourage student engagement and learning. This course is expandable to six sessions.

Awakening the Leader in You

A three-session course intended to develop student leadership abilities. Leadership skills contribute significantly to student academic and employment success. Approximately 90 percent of students do not get involved in school activities and do not join school organizations. Research estimates show that high school leadership has a large, positive impact on post-secondary educational attainment. In addition, studies show that involvement in school activities, is a key determinant of college student success, satisfaction, and persistence. Awaken the Leader in You is meant to help students develop a positive view of leadership, and to engage in leadership roles in their school. Students will learn the value of developing leadership skills. To achieve this, the facilitator will help students to learn the basic characteristics of a good leader. Also, with the aid of PowerPoint presentations, videos, and illustrations, the facilitator will discuss dynamically several leadership styles, and will help students explore the leadership style that works best for them. To encourage learning, the facilitator will engage students in various leadership games and skits. This course is expandable to six sessions.

Work-based

Classroom Learning

Our courses are dynamic and highly motivational. Course facilitators achieve student engagement from the first class using compelling stories, multimedia, and personal experiences. Teachers have been positively surprised at the speed and level of student engagement achieved during our classes. And students and teachers ask us to come back.