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When opportunity doesn't knock, build a door!

Special Topics 2021-2022

Career Development: When opportunity doesn't knock, build a door!
Grades 9–12


Thursday 10:00–10:55
1st Semester Only


Teacher: Facilitated by Dr. Raymond J. Higbea
Class Cost: $140
Book: None
Supplies: Access to computer and Internet.
English or Elective Credit

No Prerequisite Required



This Special Topics course focuses on preparing young adults to choose a career path and confidently enter into the job or job preparation market.

Students will be administered an assessment profile, a strengths “finder” tool to assist them in focusing on their aptitude for various vocation endeavors--providing a tangible base from which to pursue learning and skill development in these areas.

Facilitated by Dr. Raymond J. Higbea, the class will concentrate on providing students information from a variety of sources including first-person accounts of those currently engaged in assorted vocations; activities to engage students in locating and correctly responding to open positions and the development of soft (interpersonal) skills necessary to gain employment.

Students will become aware of resources and opportunities to find job information including, but not limited to the Bureau of Labor statistics and job posting boards such as Monster and Indeed. Students will spend time searching jobs, preparing abstracts on jobs, and interviewing current holders of these jobs in 4 categories: unskilled labor, skilled labor (trade and community college training), jobs requiring bachelor level training, and jobs requiring graduate or professional training.

Following this process students will develop a resume (and learn the difference between a resume and curriculum vita), develop a cover letter, write an essay focused on either the job of their choice or application to train (college, graduate school, or professional school application) for the job of their choice, develop a LinkedIn profile, and practice interviewing for jobs or college admission.

There is a $25 material fee included in the cost of this course.


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