Helpful new Xello documents for educators and how to record Career-based Learning Activities in this edition!
Neil Heinen of WISC-TV / Channel 3000 on MadREP’s Inspire Madison Region initiative, which now has 41 school districts and 210 employers signed on to a program that allows students to explore career options through direct contact with local employers, mentors and coaches:
“These are up-close experiences that will help kids prepare to be the workers new economy businesses will need as they grow here. It’s smart strategy by MadREP, and – if done right – will help reduce disparities as it nurtures our workforce.”
There are over 600 occupations detailed in Xello. What follows is a list of those careers for which there is at least one career coach to answer student questions, along with the number of coaches available as of October 19th, 2016. If there are careers that students are particularly interested in but do not have a career coach available, please let us know!
We especially need more career coaches in the health sciences fields.
|Career Name||# of Coaches|
|Human Resources Specialist||28|
|Customer Service Representative||7|
|Health Care Administrator||5|
|Child and Youth Worker||3|
|Electrical Engineering Tech||3|
|Real Estate Agent||3|
|Computer Network Specialist||2|
|Computer Support Person||2|
|Licensed Practical Nurse||2|
|Medical Lab Tech||2|
|Middle School Teacher||2|
|Power Plant Operator||2|
|Public Policy Analyst||2|
|Receptionist / Information Clerk||2|
|Adult Education Teacher||1|
|Automotive Service Technician||1|
|Bricklayer / Stonemason||1|
|Chemical Engineering Tech||1|
|Computer Hardware Engineer||1|
|Computer Software Engineer||1|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||1|
|Early Childhood Educator||1|
|Economic Development Officer||1|
|Electronics Engineering Tech||1|
|Elementary School Teacher||1|
|Health Records Professional||1|
|High School Teacher||1|
|Industrial Engineering Tech||1|
|Industrial Machinery Mechanic||1|
|IT Project Manager||1|
|Manufacturing Machine Operator||1|
|Mechanical Engineering Tech||1|
|Medical Imaging Tech||1|
|Public RCBLEtions Specialist||1|
|Security Systems Technician||1|
|Technical Sales Representative||1|
Connecting with your future workforce through tangible experiences is a great way to build relationships and cultivate student interest in the career fields that are important to your company. It’s also a great way to give young people a sense of what the workplace is like and to get them engaged in their career development. For example, experiences like internships are becoming an important part of resumes when it comes to landing a good job. The earlier students can get those experiences the better. Students from middle school through technical college have access to Inspire so you can interact with students at any place on that continuum.
In Inspire Madison Region’s first year, we facilitated nearly 60 Career-based Learning Activities requested by educators and students and fulfilled by the employers who offered them – everything from guest speakers, career fairs, job shadows, internships and more. With many more schools coming on board with Inspire in the 2016-17 school year, we anticipate seeing many more CBLEs being set-up through Inspire.
Here are two ways that you can engage your future workforce by adding CBLEs to your profile.
- Offer Career-based Learning Activities (CBLEs) to students in middle school, high school and college from our Experiential Learning Continuum. Choose from over 30 CBLE options from categories like career awareness, exploration, preparation and training. It’s also a great way to form relationships with students (who may become your future employees) and educators. To activate CBLEs in your profile, click on “Career-based Learning Activities” and then select from the options listed, OR….
- Get Creative. List customized CBLEs with specific details. If your company or organization offers or would like to offer activities with specific details, you can add those in Inspire by clicking on “Career-based Learning Activities” and then “View Participation”. Then click on “Add New Opportunity” and add details like name, specific contact information, locations, dates, time commitment, compensation, deadlines, details, qualifications and instructions. This is a great way to target specific schools, age groups, or students in certain career pathways or programs. It’s also a great way to limit the number of requests you get for popular programs like job shadowing.
As always, if your company feels at any time that you are at capacity for any of the CBLEs you’ve signed up for, you can easily uncheck them from your list and they wont’ show up anymore to students and educators.