Strands and Standards

Unit of Credit: Full Year, 1.0 Credit
Grade Level: 7
Prerequisite: None
Core Code 39.01.0000.001

Strands and Standards

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.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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.

By the end of the College and Career Awareness course, at an age-appropriate level, students will:

  1. Explain how self-knowledge/self-efficacy (interest, abilities, and strengths) relates to career interests and selecting and achieving goals.
  2. Discuss how education, career exploration, planning for college career readiness, and current occupational information will assist individuals in making long-range plans (CCR Plan).
  3. Become acquainted with a wide range of occupations, CTE Pathways, career trends and emerging careers.
  4. Differentiate between entry-level and expert-level career readiness expectations.
  5. Understand the importance of making career decisions related to career aspirations.
  6. Expand career awareness through participation in Work-Based Learning experiences.
  7. Participate in experiential activities related to career expectations.
  8. Identify career and postsecondary education options through investigation of High School to College and Career Pathways.
  9. Consider and explore nontraditional career opportunities.
  10. Explain how academic content knowledge and technical skills are used in various careers.
  11. Use and apply learned knowledge through multi-day project-based learning experiences.