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The Findlay Digital Academy’s plan for career advising includes, providing:
- Grade-level examples that link students’ schoolwork to one or more career fields by implementing the Career Connections Learning Strategies offered by the Ohio Department of Education.
- Career advising in grades 6-12, which includes meeting with each student at least once annually to discuss academic and career pathway opportunities.
- Additional interventions and career advising for students who are identified as at risk of dropping out of school. These include:
- Identifying students who are at risk of dropping out of school using a local, research-based method with input from teachers, school counselors and other appropriate school staff.
- Developing a Student Success Plan for each at-risk student that addresses both the student’s academic and career pathway to successful graduation and the role of career-technical education, competency-based education and experiential learning, when appropriate.
- Before a district develops a pupil’s Student Success Plan, district staff will invite the student’s parent/guardian/custodian to assist. If that adult does not participate in the plan development, the district will provide the adult a copy of the plan, a statement of the importance of a high school diploma and listing of the pathways of graduation available to the student.
- Training for employees on how to advise students on career pathways, including use of the tools available in OhioMeansJobs k-12 and other online sources provided by the district.
- Multiple academic and career pathways through high school that students may choose to earn a high school diploma, including opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials and postsecondary course credit.
- Information on courses that can award students both traditional academic and career-technical credit.
- Documentation on career advising for each student and student’s parent/ guardian/custodian to review, as well as schools that the student may attend in the future.
- The supports necessary for students to transition successfully from high school to their postsecondary destinations, including interventions and services necessary for students who need remediation in mathematics and English language arts.
[Adoption date: February 5, 2015]