Career readiness begins in our middle schools with a planned approach to exposing students to unique industry and careers that exist in our community. Exposure targets both students and parents alike. The following activities will support initial exposure and connections to community based career opportunities:
As students enter high school, a more intentional connection is made with local careers. Experiences will include but not be limited to:
During a student’s sophomore and junior year, we will provide authentic opportunities for students who roll up their sleeves and actively pursue careers here at home.
Some students may choose to pursue a career at an accelerated rate. The foundation of Community Promise is to provide a partnership and commitment to our students who choose to establish their professional roots here. Through our network of Promise Partners, Marion Economic Development Corporation will actively promote Community Promise Job Profiles to students who are considering career commitment.
Students will be provided the opportunity to apply, interview, and be selected to train for and potentially fill a Community Promise Job Profile upon graduation. If a student is paired with a job, school administrators will collaboratively develop an academic plan with the student and business partner that best aligns with the job profile. Each school district will develop a custom plan within their course offerings to support the attainment of professional competencies identified as critical to the success of the individual in the career they are pursuing.
During their senior year, some employers may choose to advance students into formal apprenticeship programs or support student enrollment into unique career academies and certification programs delivered by a local university or community college. As additional financial resources are required to complete this training, students are provided the opportunity to enter into a pursuit contract with their business. This contract solidifies the intent of both the student and business to a long term employment relationship.
A financial plan outlining necessary training costs will be collaboratively developed by the school district, higher education partner and community promise partner. If both the business partner and student agree to invest financially towards completion of the plan, additional financial resources will be made available through the form of a Pursuit Grant.
As part of the pursuit contract, business partners agree to fund a portion of the final certifications or courses needed for an employee to be fully trained for a specific role in their company. Pursuit grants are available to support the hand-off from the schools to the promise partner who has already invested in a student over the previous two years through exposure, experience, and initial pursuit. Students will be given the first chance to interview for the available position with their Promise Partner.
Upon graduation, our Community Promise provides final investments in people that lead them towards being successful citizens in our Marion community.