A silhouette of a student with both hands extended in the air followed by a hand with an inscription “you are Hired”.

Instructors:

Aimee Olson
Park Center Senior High
Careers, Life and You
(763) 569-7600

Rebecca Cranston
Osseo Senior High
Careers, Life and You
(763) 391-8500

Kip Sackett
Osseo Area Learning Center
College and Career, Skills for Success, Off to College
(763) 391-8890

Darren Nelson
Park Center Senior High
College and Career, Skills for Success, Off to College: Transition to Work
(763) 569-7600

Courses:

Careers, Life and You

Course Description:

Careers, Life and You will help students plan for secondary and post-secondary education using various computer programs, guest speakers and assessment tools. Students will learn more about their career interests and abilities related to occupations, and will identify and locate resources to help them research selected occupations of interests.

Course Standards:

National Association of American Family and Consumer Sciences:

1.1.1 Summarize local and global policies, issues and trends in the workplace and community that affect individuals and families.

1.2.1 Analyze potential career choices to determine knowledge, skills and attitudes associated with each career.

1.2.2 Demonstrate job seeking and job keeping skills.

1.2.3 Apply communication skills in school, community and workplace settings.

1.2.8 Demonstrate work ethics and professionalism.

1.3.2 Demonstrate skills that individuals and families can utilize to support civic engagement in the community.

Course Prerequisites: None

College and Career

Course Description:

This course is designed for the student who wants to become inspired about preparing for the future beyond high school. You will learn information about the technical skills and academic knowledge you will need to become prepared for a successful transition to post-secondary education as well as future employment. The course will cover the topics of: 21st century employability skills, legal and safety issues, ethics, career planning strategies, financial literacy, communication and interpersonal skills, personal goal setting, the skill of decision-making through problem solving and critical thinking, as well as the examination of post-secondary academic and training options related to personal interests. You will participate in cooperative, project-based and contextual learning experiences, combined with mentorship and guidance from the community speakers coming into the classroom and participating in community experience where you will be able to observe today’s real-world requirements.

Course Standards:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of safety standards and procedures.
  2. Identify ways to plan for employment and future careers.
  3. Understand skills needed to obtain and retain successful employment.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of concepts and materials related to job training, performance, retention, promotion and problem solving.
  5. Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively utilizing common interaction techniques in various settings.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of money management, wages, benefits, taxes and concepts of employee organizations.
  7. Be made aware of and/or utilizes common workplace technology.
  8. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to pursue post-secondary education.

Course Prerequisites: None

Skills for Success

Course Description: 

This course will allow you to develop your own personal continuous learning plan; explore and learn the policies and procedures of the Osseo Area Learning Center (OALC) and Osseo Area Schools; explore your interests, personality and learning styles; and get you thinking about your career plans.

Course Standards:

  1. Students will be able to state and explain common OALC school policies and procedures and pass the handbook quiz.
  2. Students will create their own Continuous Learning Plan.
  3. Students will complete a series of personality, learning and career self-assessments.
  4. Students will use what they have learned in the above assessments and other class activities to describe their academic strengths and weaknesses, learning style(s), personality traits, abilities and interests, and possible career plans.

Course Prerequisites: None

Skills for Success

Course Description:

This one-trimester elective class for juniors and seniors will help with your college search process. Based on your personal career goals, you will research options for post-secondary education, learn about the financial aid and admissions processes, and identify and practice strategies that will help prepare you for college success.

Course Standards:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to define and use key college terminology.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use the decision-making process while comparing post secondary schools.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to write a college admissions essay or personal statement.
  4. Understand how to seek help for homework, classes and other issues on campus.
  5. Understand the importance of time management in post-secondary education.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the FASFA (Federal Application for Student Financial Aid) and financial aid options.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of college placement tests.

Course Prerequisites: None

Transition To Work

Course Description:

Transition to Work Seminar is designed specifically for students receiving special education services. This program is designed to prepare students for making transition decisions. The emphasis is on assessing and developing student interests, attitudes, skills, and aptitudes for the world of work. The overall goal of the Transition to Work program is to provide students with the necessary social skills, career planning, job seeking, and employment skills so that they are prepared to enter post-secondary education/training or are qualified for employment.

Course Standards:

  1. The student understands the importance of safety standards and procedures.
  2. The student identifies ways to plan for employment and future careers.
  3. The student understands skills needed to obtain and retain successful employment.
  4. The student demonstrates understanding of concepts and materials related to job training, performance, retention, promotion and problem solving.
  5. The student demonstrates ability to communicate effectively utilizing common interaction techniques in various settings.
  6. The student demonstrates understanding of money management, wages, benefits, taxes and concepts of employee organizations.
  7. The student is made aware of and/or utilizes common workplace technology.

Course Prerequisites: None