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Jessica Coulson

Jessica Coulson

College & Career Readiness Coordinator

College & Career Readiness

What does college and career readiness mean in the SRVUSD?

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All SRVUSD students should graduate from high school ready for college, career, and life. They should be prepared to pursue the future of their choosing.

Students should possess the skills and dispositions necessary to be successful in charting their postsecondary path. Many of the skills a SRVUSD graduate has are obtained through academics. The skills most demanded by colleges and employers are, by design, inherent in rigorous K–12 expectations – the ability of students to communicate effectively (both verbally and in written communications), to solve problems, to think critically and develop informed arguments, and to analyze information and data. Collaborating, communicating and presenting information, and using research to make informed judgments are among the critical skills that impact success.

Students should have successfully participated in postsecondary opportunities through advanced coursework (Advanced Placement, CollegeConnect, dual enrollment) as well as career and technical education, work-based learning, and other opportunities for exploring interests, aptitudes, and goals so that graduates can successfully navigate pathways that connect education and employment after high school.

We want you, and the company you work for, to get involved with Work-based LStudents looking at monitors with scan imagesearning with SRVUSD. What is it you ask? It is an education strategy that links classroom instruction to work-related experiences, aims to increase students’ technical skills and knowledge, and helps shape career decision making. Work-based learning is offered on K-12 campuses or in community locations, and includes the following kinds of activities:   

  1. Field Trips  (Visit places that enhance what’s being learned in the classroom)
  2. Guest Speaker
  3. Job Shadow (Temporarily observing an employee at a job site)
  4. Internship (Paid or unpaid training at a work site, structured between school and site)
  5. Competition (Project-based career-related contests)
  6. Mock Interview (Practice job interviews with industry volunteers)
  7. Mentoring (Ongoing communication with an industry mentor regarding careers)
  8. Bridge Visits from HS to Community College (High school students visiting college pathways)
  9. School-Based Business 
  10. Job Site Visits (Visit to a workplace to learn about the business)
  11. Career Fair (Sampling of possible careers presented by industry representatives)
  12. Industry Spotlight Day (School focus event on career pathways with industry representatives)
  13. Projects/Jobs for Business/Community
  14. Service Learning (Community service integrated with instruction)

Please click HERE to complete our Employer Interest Form if you are interested in helping SRVUSD give its students more Work-Based Learning opportunities.

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Students working on creative learning activitiesMaking sure all students in SRVUSD are college and career ready is a priority. By the Year 2020 the top 10 soft skills that all employers are looking for:

  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People Management
  5. Coordinating with Others
  6. Emotional Intelligence
  7. Judgment and Decision Making
  8. Service Orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive Flexibility


 Learn more about California's Standards for Career Ready Practice.


Learn more about California's CTE Model Curriculum Standards.

Sources: Future of Jobs Report, World Economic Forum

California Department of Education, CTE Model Curriculum Standards

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College for all!

SRVUSD is hard at work creating students that are college and career ready. Dr. Kevin Fleming is the Dean of Instruction, Career & Technical Education at Norco College (CA). His six step model to help students become more “career intelligent” include the following:

  1. Self-Exploration.  Students should ask themselves, “What are my Talents?" and "What are my strengths?
  2. Career Exploration.  Students should explore, “What occupations/industries are a high priority and are emerging?” "What are the income ranges for those jobs?" and "What are the required skills for those jobs?"
  3. Verify your career goal alignment with your personality and skills.
  4. Set a tentative career goal.
  5. Education and Training Research.  Investigate and verify the multiple paths to your initial goal (work experience, job shadowing, interviews, apprenticeships)
  6. Establish an educational plan. 

Here's a link to his 9 minute video “Success in the New Economy” Interesting new perspectives to ponder.