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Cabrillo CCR class

Kari Rosson checks on a student's progress in Cabrillo High School's new Career and College Readiness class for freshmen.

Who am I, what do I want, and how am I going to get it?

Those are the three questions freshmen are asking themselves in a new curriculum class called Career and College Readiness (CCR). Modeled on George Washington University’s Course Standards for Freshman Transition Classes, this rigorous class is designed to help all students visualize a plan for a future of self-sufficiency. Cabrillo High School's administration has now implemented a carefully designed program that helps students create a vision of a productive future. In turn, this class will give the students the skills they need to plan for that future while their academic achievement increases.

CCR is different by design as teaching instruction follows the award-winning Career Choices curriculum. Cabrillo’s veteran teachers Jonathan Osborne, David Riley and Kari Rosson inspire students to recognize their own potential, plan for a self-sufficient future, and achieve their own education and career goals. They also culminate with students articulating a 10-year education and career plan -- outlining how to make high school graduation a reality, plan for a complete college or post-secondary education or training and transition into a productive adulthood. The beauty of this class is whatever the student’s decision is for their future, they will crave a clear sense of direction in their lives.

Cabrillo High School’s CCR goals are to reduce dropout rates for both high school and post-secondary education and training, because students learn the value of education and what a diploma means to their future life and career satisfaction. This class will also increase matriculation and help students acquire the skills necessary to successfully navigate their life and work transitions. It will also help students learn how to make important decisions about their educational paths, both now and in the future by developing a comprehensive 10-year plan and developing an understanding of the importance of preparing for a career that will provide economic and psychological stability.

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Cabrillo’s CCR students are using motivational activities from their Career Choices workbook, which presents life skills and career exploration in a friendly and inviting format. Students have completed their own success, value and personal profile statements. They also have worked together in groups presenting a vacations project, all which support a vision and plan for a productive future. While working on the budget section of the workbook, students purchase a house and car to buy, understand food, clothing, entertainment and health care budgets. Toward the end of the semester, students will compile their CCR portfolio as a final project with attached resumes and go through mock interviews. Cabrillo students will learn the skills and attitudes needed to make a successful transition into adulthood.

Cabrillo’s new Career and College Readiness class ensures that students will have a strong background in personal social development, educational achievement, and career and life skills, where in 10 years they will be thriving in a career that supports their desired lifestyle.

Kari A. Rosson works as Cabrillo High School's site executive for career choices. This is a rotating column from local schools.

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