High School

Employability Skills

1.0 Credit
36 weeks
Open
Digital Badge

Experiences allow you to explore a career field you’re curious about while mastering competencies for school credit. Through career-focused experiential learning, you will develop and learn skills for application to tasks typically completed as part of a career rather than using traditional assessments like essays or tests. During your Experience, you’ll work with a professional in the field to support your learning whom we call an “outside expert.” You’ll earn a badge for your accomplishments, which you can share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and/or colleagues to display your qualifications.

Here’s how Experiences work:

    1. Each competency you work on is addressed through a separate deliverable (final product) predetermined by you and your instructor.
    2. Guided learning for each module consists of research and/or work with a professional in the field. Your instructor will coach you through this process.
    3. Each module culminates in a final demonstration of understanding, which includes a deliverable and a discussion-based assessment with your instructor.

Here’s an example:
Let’s say you’re curious about a career in healthcare. You decide you’d like to learn about this career area, make a professional connection, earn a badge, and meet competencies for your 9th-grade English requirement. While enrolled in English 1 Experiences, you conduct research to better understand language and structure in writing. Then you may work with an Occupational Therapist to help apply your writing skills to create an informational video about adaptive equipment for patients. The video aims to advise family members of patients regarding the use of accommodations and equipment to help patients perform daily tasks. Now you’ve earned the Language and Structure in Writing competency! This is just one example of the many ways Experiences can bridge competencies to careers.

Obtaining an Outside Expert: Prior to enrollment, please have an idea for an outside expert in mind or consult with our counseling department by emailing [email protected] for help in identifying one.

*A parent/guardian permission form and background check of the outside expert are both required to work with outside experts without parental supervision.

Competencies

Career Pathways (Requires Onsite Experience)

Students will demonstrate an understanding of preparing for a career by explaining the job, education, and skill requirements for that career and explore the chosen career through an onsite visit.

Workplace Expectations and Regulations

Students will demonstrate an understanding of workplace expectations and regulations in a career by explaining the regulations and expectations for that career.

Communication (Requires Onsite Experience)

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the effective communication utilized in a career by explaining the skills of written, oral and nonverbal communication; the techniques of listening, providing and receiving feedback, and asking questions for that career; and discussing communication techniques through at least two interactions with an outside expert or mentor.

Interpersonal Skills

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interpersonal skills that contribute to strong relationships by explaining the attributes of self-awareness and self-reflection and the skills of negotiation, decision-making, and understanding others point of view.

Teamwork and Collaboration (Requires Onsite Experience)

Students will demonstrate an understanding of teamwork and collaboration utilized in a career by explaining the concepts of common purpose and interdependence, the skills of flexibility and reliability for that career, and discussing teamwork and collaboration through at least two interactions with an outside expert or mentor.

Self-Direction

Students will demonstrate an understanding of self-direction by explaining the concepts of goal-setting and assessment of progress towards that goal and the skills of prioritization and time management.

Creative Problem Solving

Students will demonstrate an understanding of creative problem solving by defining a problem, assessing the alternatives, making a decision and designing a solution to address the various needs of the stakeholders.

Customer Service

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the effective customer service utilized in a career by explaining the skills of using career-field knowledge and empathy to help customers and the techniques of conflict resolution.