Ninth graders in the Grand Forks, ND Public Schools begin the Educational/Career Planning Unit by taking the EXPLORE assessment from ACT. Through EXPLORE, student's strengths and weaknesses can be identified early in their educational development, when they have the greatest opportunity to establish a four year program of studies that will help them achieve their career and educational goals. The ninth grade counselor interprets the results when they are received. The two main categories of results: a baseline for academic progress and career areas of interest mapped according to ACT's World of Work regions (see www.act.org for more information).
Freshmen identify their learning styles and their personality type. Students review the results of assessments made in middle school and then explore careers that are related to all of these facets of themselves. During this time, the counselor and career educator assist students as they try to identify the high school classes and school or community activities that will help them either discover more about these careers or provide some of the background necessary to pursue a related career.
The Grade 9 Educational/CareerPlanning Unit Student Booklet is created, produced, and taught by the Career and Character Education department personnel and school counselors during a required course. Parents and students are encouraged to review the booklet together.
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