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CAREER EXPLORATION RESOURCES

Transportation Career Prep Academy LAUSD - $15-$27 hr jobs for LAUSD graduating seniors and young adults age 18+.  Visit http://achieve.lausd.net/tcpa for more info.

California Career Café – Explore career pathways, personal strengths, and interests with this online tool

Road Trip Nation - Check out hundreds of videos where professionals of every kind address honest questions about their struggles, successes, and how they figured out the age-old dilemma, “What should I do with my life?”

O*Net - Detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

Gallup Strengths Center -
Take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and discover your top 5 strengths. Learn how your "signature strengths" help you excel, and begin your path to better performance and higher engagement. Intended as an introduction to strengths, this solution is ideal for people who want a quick, focused approach to strengths-based development.

California Reality Check -  Forming a budget is one of the most important parts of financial success. As you first enter the workforce, or even if you switch jobs, knowing how much money you will have available to spend on different aspects of your life will help you avoid debt and possibly even save some money for a rainy day.
 
Occupational Outlook Handbook -  The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations
 
My Plan - MyPlan.com helps students and professionals plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed decisions about their education and careers.
 
Quint Careers - Find FREE Resume templates at Quintessential Careers along with a large number of resources, tools, and articles to assist you in achieving your career and educational goals.
 
Career One-Stop- Career assessment and Job Search
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Career Tech Pathways at Poly
Poly HS provides students with a number of career tech pathways.  Certification and specialized training are offered in the following areas:

A+ Certification/1

Designed for computer installation, preventive maintenance, networking, security, and troubleshooting. It provides students with project-based experiences in basic computer and peripheral servicing. Technical instruction includes an orientation, workplace safety policies and procedures, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on computer mathematics and the features and functions of the hardware components of a computer system: storage devices, motherboard, power supply devices, central processing unit, display devices, peripherals and input devices, adapter cards, and printers as well as laptops.

Administrative Assistant/1: Office Procedures

Provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in office procedures. It includes an orientation, workplace safety procedures, resource management, business ethics and attitudes, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on the proper use of office tools and equipment including telephone etiquette, email and mail processing, data and records management, the appropriate use of reference materials.

Administrative Assistant/2: English

Provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in written and oral business communications. It includes an introduction and reviews employability skills, time management skills, job application, resume and proper job etiquette. Provides information regarding labor/employee relations, and a survey of laws and regulations that affect the workplace. An overview of employment; wage and hour; benefits; EEO and AA; and labor/employee relations and safety laws, rules and regulations. Covers areas of recruitment through termination. Instruction balances the rights and responsibilities of employees and management to provide a productive, harmonious, and efficient work environment while meeting business objectives.

Child Development/1: Foundations

This course is the first competence-based course in a sequence of three in the child development pathway. It is the study of developmental stages of children from conception through preschool years. Student’s will gain research and writing skills as they explore, investigate, and synthesis major theories of development and their application including emotional, psychological, cognitive, and physical development. Student’s will engage in project-based learning and field experiences with young children, as well as discuss and learn about workplace safety policies and procedures incorporated with techniques in communication, critical thinking, and employability skills. This course will prepare students interested in careers with children to be better prepared for the field, as well as post-secondary education.

Child Development/2: Curriculum

This course is the second competency-based course in a sequence of three in the Child Development pathway. Students will learn and apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the development, teaching and guidance of children. Students will be prepared to work with children after high school graduation and will be better prepared to pursue post- secondary education in careers working with children. Students will gain additional research and writing skills as they explore the developmental principles and practices of effective classroom management, effective teaching methods, curriculum planning and positive guidance. Students will participate in project-based learning and experiences as part of the lesson planning, delivery, and evaluation of play-based curricular activities in health, arts, language arts, math, science, social studies, and play curriculum.

Computer Programming

This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of programming which will enable them to pursue a career in computer programming. The student will learn programming concepts and practice their implementation in a high level programming language (i.e., C++). The student will also learn programming skills, which will help them pursue college degrees in the computer science field. The course will employ the use of advanced programming tools such as arrays. They will learn the binary, octal, and hexadecimal number system.

Culinary Arts/1: Baking

Provides students with project-based learning experiences in the art and science of baking. Technical instruction includes an orientation, resource management, weights and measures, equipment, safety and sanitation, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on the ingredients and preparatory baking techniques used for basic bread, sweet yeast dough, doughnut, and cruller production.

Culinary Arts/5: International Foods

Technical instruction includes an orientation, resource management, weights and measures, tools and equipment, safety and sanitation, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on the creation of menus, assembly of ingredients, cooking methods, and presentation techniques for Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and Thai meals.

Culinary Arts/6: Catering

Technical instruction includes an orientation, safety and sanitation, weights and measures, tools and equipment, food garnishing and presentation, cooking techniques, ingredients, resource management, budget expense and control, employability skills, and labor management. Emphasis is placed on the preparatory and presentation techniques used for the following: meats including seafood; cheese; eggs; vegetables; grains; herbs; fruit; salad dressings, dips, spreads, and marinades; stocks and soups; sauces; patés and terrines; condiments, nuts, seeds, olives, pickles, and relishes; milk and soy products; and pasta. It also covers the preparatory and presentation techniques used for vegetarian dishes, sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, and breakfast.

Customer Service Representative

Prepares students in providing customer services to a variety of industry and/or company environments. This course contains instruction in assessing individual work styles and identifying effective work behaviors; identifying and building personal/interpersonal skills to sustain employment; strengthening thinking and problem solving in the workplace, and identifying work site employment. Instruction of business-related oral and written communication skills (customer face-to-face interaction, effective telephone skills) is also included. An introduction to the fundamentals of customer service and customer service representative job-readiness skills is provided.

Floriculture/1: Foundations

Provides students with project-based learning (PBL) and work-based learning (WBL) opportunities in the proper use of general floricultural tools, plant identification, soil analysis, irrigation and water management, floricultural crops, and floral breeding and fertilization. Instruction also includes an orientation, and the development of communication and interpersonal skills, sales and service techniques, employability skills, and e-portfolio production.

 

Graphic Communication: Presswork

Provides instruction and technical experience in printing operations including proper usage of paper, ink, dye, and toner, duplicator operation, offset Litho press, digital printing and the calibration of digital printers, specialty printing including wide format, grad format, and flatbed UV, thermal transfer, and flexography.

 

Landscaping/1: Foundations

Provides students with project-based learning (PBL) and work-based learning (WBL) opportunities in the proper use of general landscaping tools, plant identification, soil analysis, fertilization, irrigation and water management, pruning, weed abatement, and pest management. Instruction also includes an orientation and the development of communication and interpersonal skills, employability skills, and e-portfolio production.

 

Law/1: Principles

Designed to prepare individuals for employment in legal office occupations. Technical instruction includes an orientation and safety section and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on: the nature of law, the American court system, civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution, criminal law and business ethics, Constitutional Law and freedoms, mock trial - criminal, torts and product liability, contracts and e-commerce, real and personal property, family law, wills, trusts, and estates, business organizations, agency, employment, and equal opportunity law, credit, suretyship, and bankruptcy, intellectual property and internet law, administrative law, consumer, investor, and environmental protection, and mock trial - civil.

 

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)/1: Word (Core/Expert Levels)

 

The course is designed to meet the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification requirements. It provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in two levels of Word training-core and expert. Instruction includes an orientation, workplace safety, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on working with texts, paragraphs, and documents, as well as file management, use of tables, and working with pictures and charts for the core level. The expert level emphasizes working with paragraphs and documents, using tables, working with pictures and charts, using mail merge and advanced features, and collaborating with work groups.

 

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)/1: Excel (Core/Expert Levels)

Provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in two levels of Excel training-core and expert. Instruction includes an introduction, resource management, business math, entrepreneurship, and reviews of workplace safety and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on working with cells and files, formatting worksheets, page set up and printing, working with worksheets and workbooks and using charts and objects for the core level. The expert level emphasizes the use of templates and multiple workbooks, formatting numbers, printing workbooks, working with toolbars, using macros, displaying and formatting data, using analysis tools, and collaborating with work groups.

 

Networking/1

 

Prepares students to pass the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) examination. Technical instruction includes an orientation, workplace safety principles and procedures, resource management, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on data bus, memory, network storage devices, communication ports, input and output devices, communication with other computers, portable computers, hardware configuration, operating systems, introduction to computer networking, introduction to network operating systems, connecting to the network and logging in, accessing data files on the network, OSI model, IEEE networking specifications, networking architecture, network layout design, networking media, networking interface cards, network protocols, and the network operating system.

Small Business Owner and Management

The course is designed to prepare individuals to start and/or manage a small business. Technical instruction includes an orientation and safety practices, math for entrepreneurs, resource management, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on economic concepts, basic entrepreneurial concepts, forms of business ownership, types of small business opportunities, planning the small business, location and facilities, initial capitalization and financial planning, real property and insurance, inventory and pricing, sales strategies, management control, personnel, marketing, promoting the business, international trade/marketing, taxation, special regulations, small business assistance, and trade associations and educational opportunities.

Social and Human Services Assistant

This competency-based course is designed for family and human services. It provides students with project- based experiences in delivering client services in the fields of psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. Instruction includes an orientation, workplace safety and security policies and procedures, employability skills, computer literacy, and research and information literacy. Emphasis is placed on the identification, procurement, and delivery of social and community services and benefits; and the development, organization and administration of programs that prevent and/or resolve problems relating to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, and adult daycare.

 

 

Virtual Enterprise

The course is a simulated business that is set up and run by students to prepare them for working in a real business environment. Students determine the nature of their business, its products and services, its management and structure, and learn the daily operations of a business under the guidance of a consultant and a real business partner. Emphasis is on the current business software and the Internet for business transactions.