- Students should be evaluating interests, things they do well and value, to prepare for career research.
- All Arkansas students have completed Career Orientation, an 8th grade course, which gave them an interest inventory and introduced them to career clusters. Students should be dealing in very general terms regarding career exploration. Freshmen should be looking into career clusters and familiarizing themselves with available careers. A variety of interests is normal as students study and learn about different careers.
- Parents should have regular discussions with their teen, helping them identify their skills, interests, and things they do well. These discussions can help decision-making that is appropriate for the right career choice.
- Students who are interested in a career and technical focus need to make sure they pass and receive all credits their freshman and sophomore years. This will allow a period to travel and take two-hour block courses at Conway Area Career Center.
- At year’s end, parents need to sit down and evaluate and chart their student’s progress toward graduation and their career focus.
- Sophomores need to narrow interests and work toward realistic assessments of work and academic skills.
- Parents and students need to consider a specific career focus and plan of study at this time. They should contact the school counselor to obtain necessary information and and make career and technical class requests.
- Juniors should be researching community colleges, technical schools, and military options at this time. Students can get website and email addresses from counselors to contact post-secondary institutions that appeal to them.
- Students should take the ACT by mid school year.
- It is imperative that parents and students be aware of the total number of credits earned and carefully check the courses needed to satisfy graduation requirements. If credits and graduation requirements are in place, students may consider advanced courses in their career focus at the Career Center.
- Parents should be sure their senior student is enrolled in the courses they need to graduate.
- Students should have a plan for post-secondary education.
- Students should inquire about possible scholarship opportunities.
- Articulation agreements with area community colleges are in place to give students credit for courses they have taken at the Career Center. Students should be aware of the courses they have taken that provide this opportunity.
- Parents need to oversee and support their student’s high school progress and experience.