The Parma City School District is committed to providing our students with Work-Based Learning opportunities during their academic experience. Below are some of the different ways in which students can participate in Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Preparedness activities.
Career Awareness Activities
Professionals from a wide variety of career pathways come into our classrooms to speak to our students about career opportunities in their field.
In collaboration with College Now we provide Career Cafe's to students in grades 9-12 at all three high schools with the opportunity to connect with professionals in a variety of career pathways virtually during their lunch period. Professionals connect with our students to provide insight into their day to day job responsibilities, education, career paths, and offer advice on how to be successful in their field.
Our Career and Technical Education students have the opportunity to connect with professionals that align with their program career pathways over lunch or breakfast. Students are broken up into smaller groups and are placed with professionals with different backgrounds and have the opportunity to hear from several of them during the luncheon. Professionals connect with our students to provide insight into their day to day job responsibilities, education, career paths, and offer advice on how to be successful in their field.
College and Career Fair:
Each year, the School District hosts the "Future's Fair" for students and residents of the Parma City School District where they can attend to learn about post-secondary education options, community resources, and apply and interview for jobs presented by local employers.
Career Exploration Activities
K-12 Career Explorations:
Each year that a student is enrolled in the Parma City School District, they will complete Career Exploration activities that are age appropriate, starting in Kindergarten all the way through graduation. These activities involve career exploration books and worksheets, activities with the Ohio Means Jobs online platform, and at the high school level using Naviance as a career readiness tool.
Work Site Tours:
Based on employer availability, students enrolled in our Career and Technical Education programs will have the opportunity to tour the facilities of businesses where their job opportunities and operations align with our CTE programs.
Career Preparedness Activities
Students enrolled in the senior year of a Career and Technical Education program and are in good academic standing have the ability to participate in internships where they are released during class time of their CTE program to develop on-site work experience with a sponsor employer.
Resume Writing and Interviewing Workshops:
Students enrolled in our Career and Technical Education programs are provided workshops on Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills by Administrative Specialist for Workforce Development, Chuck Caldwell.
Industry Recognized Credentials:
Students enrolled in our Career and Technical Education programs have the opportunity to earn Industry Recognized Credentials that align with their pathway and help to ensure that they have employable skills and knowledge directly after graduation.
School Based Enterprises:
Students enrolled in select Career and Technical Education programs will have the opportunity to gain real world work experience through a school based business. Some examples of these School Based Enterprises are the Culinary Arts Sword and Shield Restaurant and the Cosmetology Invader Style Salon.