EXEMPLARY CAREER GUIDANCE PROGRAM, 1995-96
PROGRAM NAME: Career and Technology Education Guidance and Counseling
LOCATION: Birdville Independent School District (non profit organization), Texas
POPULATION: 4,057 (diverse population), grades 7-12
Ed Foster, Counselor
Career and Technology Education
Birdville Independent School District
6125 East Belknap
Haltom City, TX 76117
(817) 838-7261 fax
Director, Career Guidance Programs
Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701-1494
DESCRIPTION: This program's mission is to provide a comprehensive guidance and counseling system for students grades K-12, including career awareness for elementary school students, career investigation for middle school students, and career focus for high school students. The goal is to provide all students with a sequential program which will result in successful educational and career planning and placement.
The program is a team effort of counselors, teachers, administrators, librarians, parents, business and industry, and community organizations. Methods and/or strategies used to achieve success include: assessment, counseling, outreach, instruction, career information, work experience, internships, mentorships, consultation, referral, placement, and follow-up activities. The primary focus of activities is on three high school campuses.
Parents are encouraged to take an active part in their children's education. They serve on committees for site-based decision-making, PTA committees and offices, and advisory committees. Coordination activities include assessment of individual student interests, aptitudes, abilities, and needs. Counselors attend professional development conferences and various training activities.
PROGRAM EVALUATION: Each spring the program is evaluated by local business advisory committee members. This evaluation is used to improve the program, celebrate accomplishments, and keep the program up to date technologically. A follow-up report is generated each spring and sent to the state. There is a prescribed process for collecting and reporting graduate follow-up information.
-84% of graduates are successfully employed or enrolled in postsecondary studies
-Students placed at-risk have improved attendance to 80%
-Local business and community college partners provide scholarships
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