About College and Career Awareness

Overview

College and Career Awareness is a core requirement for seventh grade students. Through College and Career Awareness, students participate in activity-centered lessons to utilize technology, develop foundational skills, and explore careers by expanding awareness. College and Career Awareness provides information regarding future classes and training related to each student’s career field of interest.

Technological advances and global competition have changed the nature of work. Jobs today require increased levels of knowledge and advanced technical skills. Learning is a lifelong process, and students need to be prepared with 21st Century Skills for the future. College and Career Awareness enhances students’ appreciation for the knowledge and skills they will need for ongoing success in college, careers, and life.

Technology is expected to continue to have an effect on items we use every day. Therefore, it is critical to be able to adjust to the evolving technical world.

  • Can you imagine not being able to record your favorite television show because you don’t know how to program a DVR?
  • Can you imagine not being able to call or text a friend because you don’t know how to use a cell phone?
  • Can you imagine not being able to listen to your favorite music because you don’t know how to download music to your iPod?
  • Can you imagine not being able to use the Internet to research a subject because you don’t know how to use a computer?

From mobile phones to smartphones, from 35mm cameras to digital cameras, from desktop computers to laptop computers, from a Walkman cassette player to an iPod Nano, technology continues to advance at an incredible speed. Whether you’re in school or not, you will be affected by the changing world and you will want to know how to learn, adapt, and change with it!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is College and Career Awareness?

College and Career Awareness offers exploration and preparation in college and Career Pathways focusing on jobs that are high skill and high demand, as well as satisfying and financially rewarding. The College and Career Awareness course is designed to help students identify their interests, abilities, and skills. With appropriate developmental information related to careers, educational Pathways, and self-knowledge, students are able to begin to make college and career goals for the future. College and Career Awareness is designed to acquaint students with the Utah labor market and the employment opportunities for which they can prepare by defining a College and Career Ready Plan.

Who Is College and Career Awareness For?

College and Career Awareness is a core requirement for middle/junior high school seventh grade students. Over 42,000 seventh graders currently participate in College and Career Awareness as part of their middle/junior high school experience.

Where Is College and Career Awareness Taught?

College and Career Awareness is taught in approximately 170 middle/junior high schools throughout the state of Utah.

Why Does a Student Need to Take College and Career Awareness?

College and Career Awareness broadens a student's scope of learning and assists him or her in developing intellectual, social, technical, and academic skills that will be beneficial throughout his or her life. This course helps students identify Career Pathways to help guide their course choices in middle/junior high and high school. Students investigate post high school training choices and options.

The Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) describe the skills and attitudes students should explore and learn as a result of successful participation in the College and Career Awareness course. ILOs are an essential part of the CTE Core and provide teachers with a standard for evaluation of student learning. Significant understanding occurs when teachers incorporate ILOs in planned instruction for the College and Career Awareness course.

What Does College and Career Awareness Teach, and What Does a Student Learn?

Through activity-centered lessons, students are exposed to Career and Technical Education areas of study, which include the following:

  • Agriculture
  • Business and Marketing
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Health Science
  • Information Technology
  • Skilled and Technical Sciences
  • Technology and Engineering

College and Career Awareness is designed to help a student learn more about himself or herself and more about the world of work. Through College and Career Awareness, a student will have many opportunities to get his or her hands on real work tasks, assessing personal characteristics and learning how his or her characteristics support occupational choices. A student will explore occupations grouped by career fields. These career fields include concepts in agriculture, business and marketing, family and consumer sciences, health science, information technology, and technology and engineering education curricula.

How Does College and Career Awareness Benefit a Student?

College and Career Awareness students develop skills that apply to every aspect of life. A few opportunities students will experience in the course are:

  • How to work in a team (interpersonal and teamwork skills).
  • How to positively encourage a team member (motivation and leadership skills).
  • How to put together a report and/or presentation in a manner that is understandable to the group (organization, planning, communication, and time management skills).
  • How to find a solution to a dilemma (problem-solving skills).
  • How choices and decisions affect a business or group (business ethics and personal responsibility)
  • Student will identify careers and Career Pathways that are of interest to them.
  • Students will learn how to prepare for educational Pathways in secondary and postsecondary education with degrees, certificates and licenses.

Quick Facts

College and Career Awareness, formerly called TLC, began in 1987 in all middle/junior high schools throughout the state of Utah, where it has been very successful.

College and Career Awareness helps each student understand his or her future role as a worker and a family member and to become aware of those life skills necessary to be a contributing member of society.

College and Career Awareness supports the development of life skills by exploring different career fields through activity-centered lessons.

College and Career Awareness students discover how “core subjects” in school – language arts, math, social studies, and science – are essential to success, no matter which career field they choose.

College and Career Awareness students develop a variety of skills through activity-centered lessons that are transferable to the workplace and life, such as technical skills (e.g., knowledge of basic software, word processing, and spreadsheet applications), communication skills (e.g., verbal/nonverbal, teamwork, leadership, and organization), analytical skills (e.g., problem solving), and presentation skills (e.g., public speaking).

College and Career Awareness Activity-Centered Lessons

Imagine the excitement of exploring numerous career fields and discovering how they relate
to real-life situations, all while in junior high school.

Agriculture
Imagine learning what plants and animals produce fiber for clothing.
Students do that in College and Career Awareness!

Business and Marketing
Imagine creating a slide show utilizing specialized software applications.
Students do that in College and Career Awareness!

Family and Consumer Sciences
Imagine identifying personal hazards that may exist in the home, how to prevent accidents when caring for children, and demonstrating prevention of injury or illness through safe practices.
Students do that in College and Career Awareness!

Health Science
Imagine assuming the role of an epidemiologist and figuring out what caused a group of people at a potluck dinner to become sick by analyzing the patients’ symptoms and the food they ate.
Students do that in College and Career Awareness!

Information Technology
Imagine using software to design a flyer while making decisions about audience, purpose, color, format, and at the same time creating graphics.
Students do that in College and Career Awareness!

Skilled and Technical Sciences
Imagine learning about careers in construction, manufacturing, communication, personal services, and protective services, while at the same time having a hands-on experience.
Students do that in College and Career Awareness!

Technology and Engineering
Imagine learning how to operate a remote-controlled robot to remove hazardous materials during a simulated event.
Students do that in College and Career Awareness!