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Show your student that lifelong learning is now the norm. Additional training after high school and throughout a career will be needed to earn a living wage. Alaska Career Ready emphasizes work-related academic skills that help people become good learners in any occupation and at any educational level. Here are more details about these skills.
Talk to your student about his or her interests and abilities. Explore careers as early as elementary school and especially in middle school. It is important for students, starting in freshman year, to take courses that will prepare them to achieve their career goals. Here are some resources to help you get started.
Try out the KeyTrain/Career Ready 101 tutorial lessons at home with your students. The lessons are a good way to show young people the connection between academics and the workplace. Talk to them about how you use applied academic skills on the job and in your daily life. Students who believe that school is relevant to their future lives are more likely to do well in school and graduate. Here is more information about KeyTrain/Career Ready 101.
They are applied academic or "foundational" skills that are needed for virtually all occupations and at any level of education. The three main skill areas in the WorkKeys system are:
Applied Mathematics — measures
the skills people use when they apply mathematical reasoning, critical
thinking, and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems. The
test questions require the examinee to set up and solve the types of
problems and do the types of calculations that actually occur in the
workplace. This test is designed to be taken with a calculator. A formula
sheet that includes all formulas required for the assessment is provided.
While individuals may use calculators and conversion tables to help
with the problems, they still need to use math skills to think them
For more details on these skills, please see the WorkKeys skills webpage.
Alaskan employers developed a concise list of workplace skills and summarized them in a poster called "Want a Great Career? Alaskan Employers Expect:". The items are grouped into three categories: Skills, Attitudes, and Work Ethic. Talk to your youngsters about all of these skills and traits, and don't miss an opportunity to point out examples of how they can practice these skills, attitudes, and values at home and at school, in preparation for the workplace.
There are many ways to help your youngster explore different careers.
Not sure where to find career information? Here are some starters:
Once your child has a login name and password for KeyTrain/Career Ready 101, he or she may use the software at school, home, public library, or any place with high-speed Internet access.
Students entering a career and technical education certificate program can use WorkKeys scores of 5 each in applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information [note that curriculum and GPA requirements also apply]. See http://www.aps.alaska.gov for more information.
Contact Shari Paul at the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development