School Counseling: Career Advising Policy

Lakewood City Schools Career Advising Policy:

This policy on career advising is reviewed at least once every two years and made available to students, parents, guardians and custodians, local post-secondary institutions and District residents. 

The District’s plan for career advising includes, providing:

  1. 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.
     
  2. Career advising to students in grades 6-12, which includes meeting with each student at least once annually to discuss academic and career pathway opportunities.
     
  3. Additional interventions and career advising for students who are identified as at risk of dropping out of school. These include:
     
    1. 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.
       
    2. 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 or 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 a listing of the pathways to graduation available to the student.
     
  1. Training for employees on how to advise students on career pathways, including use of the tools available in OhioMeansJobs K-12 and Naviance online sources provided by the district.
     
  2. 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 through College Credit Plus will be shared with students at in large group assemblies, small groups and individually.
     
  3. Information on courses that can award students both traditional academic and career-technical credit including, but not limited to, the District’s policy on credit flexibility and instructions for students to access the educational option will be shared with students at in large group assemblies, small groups and individually.
     
  4. Documentation on career advising for each student and student’s parent, guardian or custodian to review, as well as schools that the student may attend in the future. These include activities that support the student’s academic, career and social/emotional development using Ohiomeansjobs.org in grades 6-8 and Naviance grades 9-12.
  • 9th grade students will be advised to enroll in Career Connections or complete a Career Development Packet their freshman year.
     
  1. The supports necessary for students to successfully transition from high school to their postsecondary destinations, including interventions and services necessary for students who need remediation in Mathematics and English language arts.