Mrs. McElveen is our 8th grade Career Teacher, this is her 2nd year in Careers.
A fun note, Ms. McElveen took Careers in the 8th grade at Southside and Mr. Stokes was her teacher.
The major objective of this course is for students to gain an understanding of what their career goals are and to set a plan of education and training for them throughout their high school career and beyond so that they can obtain those goals. They will explore each of the 16 career clusters. They will also create a personal Portfolio, complete a job application, and create their personal resume, and complete a report on their career goal. All of these things will culminate by being presented at a job interview that will be conducted by the career teacher, career counselors, and guidance counselors together.
8th Grade Career Exploration
The middle school guidance, career counselors, and career teacher will focus on the rapidly changing needs of young adolescents. We are especially sensitive to the struggles of middle school students for identity and for balancing the demands for academic, career, and social competencies. In addition, the career departemnt will work with the students to develop a four-year plan that covers graduation requirements. The plan will take into account students interests as well as educational and occupational plans. Students will take career assessemnts, complete a "Self Interest Inventory", conduct career exploration, and complete an "Individual Graduation Plan" (I.G.P.). Students will also be inviolved in many outside of the classroom activities that include college tours / visits, Structured Field Studies, and tours of the Florence Career Center.