Jefferson seeks grant for career development

September 09, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to seek a $150,000 grant from the state for a School-to-Work initiative.

The grant request follows the development of a county plan created by a committee of 38 students, teachers, parents, business people and school and government officials.

The wide-ranging plan centers around a new state requirement that calls for comprehensive career development for all grade levels, tougher requirements for graduation and additional programs of study.


The grant will next go to the West Virginia Office of School-to-Work.

The funds are needed to help pay for teacher training, additional course material, a new school-to-work facilitator and travel money to visit schools with other school-to-work programs, said Pat Hubbard, coordinator of Vocation and Adult and Community Education.

The increased graduation requirements will start with students who are currently in the seventh grade and new programs will start when they are ninth-graders, Hubbard said.

Currently, students are required to have two math and two science credits in order to graduate. Under the new plan, students will have to have three math and three science credits to graduate.

Students also will be given more information about possible career paths so they can choose classes based on their job goals, she said.

Students as early as kindergarten will be introduced to career awareness.

In the sixth grade, students will come up with a "career portfolio" to help them explore career options, while in the eighth grade, students will begin a five-year education plan to work toward a career goal, she said.

The students also will spend time "job shadowing," where they would spend some time in a workplace similar to one they aspire to work in.

The program will be flexible enough so that students can alter their career choices, she said.

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