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New Generation Career Readiness Resources

Quest for Success

This fall a new comprehensive Career Readiness course is being piloted with a select amount of districts within the state. During the 2019-2020 school year, this course will be available statewide. Quest for Success (QFS) is an innovative, new, high school-level, career exploration course designed to prepare all Louisiana graduates for career and life success.

The new course will help all students to:

  • develop essential 21st century workforce skills - the ability to communicate, collaborate, and lead;

  • explore new and exciting careers and industry sectors; and

  • learn about themselves and their interests to successfully navigate high school, postsecondary education, and career pathways.

The course, to replace Louisiana’s current Journey to Careers course, was written by leading educators from across the state as part of the Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship, a partnership between the Louisiana Department of Education and America Achieves, a national non-profit organization. The Fellowship is part of Louisiana’s comprehensive effort to improve career readiness in the state, including its hallmark Jump Start initiative.

Quest for Success’ nine units are carefully planned to help students progress from knowing and being aware of themselves and themselves in relation to others, to leading responsibly, and leveraging these skills in identifying personal and career goals and planning for the future.  Informed by business and industry and other experts, the curriculum includes a variety of industry-aligned performance tasks that simulate the real world of work and support development of a variety of in-demand, cross-sector, employability skills (e.g., collaboration, resource management, communication). Additionally, students will learn about high-growth, industry sectors (e.g., information technology, health care, advanced manufacturing) and related career pathways, apply a variety of technology skills, and be asked to continuously reflect on their learning. Watch the video to hear from some of the Louisiana educators who created the course.

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Jump Start regional teams in the Capital Region and Northwest Louisiana collaborated to develop a suite of New Generation Career Readiness course materials.

The Capital Region’s New Generation Career Readiness resources available here provide students in middle school and high school with multiple opportunities to develop workplace behaviors and communication skills - as well as a variety of other life skills - that lead to college and career success.  

The links below automatically provide access to the latest-version resources of these New Generation Career Readiness course materials. 

Here is the link to the Middle School Career Awareness for High School Credit course (new course code pending). These resources may replace (or supplement) old Journey to Careers course materials. This course highlights skills students need to successfully transition from middle school to high school. The course emphasizes soft skills, career exploration, graduation planning, personal financial literacy and self-assessment/personal goals for high school.

Here is the link to Career Awareness I: High School Success. This course highlights competencies needed to succeed in high school: high school acclimation, study skills, financial literacy, citizenship and personal responsibility, and more. This course also contains information on managing life crises, self-advocacy, and continuation of graduation planning.

Here is the link to Career Awareness II: College and Career Success. This course highlights skills students will need for college and career success. In addition to a continued emphasis on mastering soft skills, students will learn about career pathways in Louisiana and practice the career-ready academic skills in demand by regional employers. This course emphasizes graduation and college and career planning, and can include internship and job-shadowing opportunities. (Access to these resources will be available following the Capital Region's July 21st training session.)

Career Counseling & Career Awareness Resources

Jump Start implementation has spurred a wonderful range of innovations in schools across Louisiana. 

Students now have greater access to career counseling than ever before, while online systems like Nepris provide Louisiana teachers and students with access to experts in every industry sector, anywhere in Louisiana or the nation. 

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