Career Preparedness






COURSE TITLE:              Career Preparedness


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Career Preparedness focuses on three integrated areas of instruction-academic planning and career development, financial literacy, and technology. Course content ranges from college and career preparation to computer literacy skills to ways to manage personal finances and reduce personal risk. Technology will be interwoven throughout the course. Students will receive their 20 hours of required online learning experience in this class.


FEE     $30.00 class fee, which covers paper, printer supplies, and various materials to complete hands-on projects.

                $15.00 FBLA dues



FBLA is an integral, co-curricular component of each career and technical education course.  These organizations serve as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal and professional growth.  Membership into FBLA is strongly encouraged; as it serves as a building block for leadership development, networking, and career preparation.  FBLA dues are $15.00, which covers state and national dues.



One of the most important components of this class is to become certificated as a Microsoft Office Specialist in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. The MOS credential is recognized worldwide.  Once the student has received the certification he/she will be an expert in that Microsoft Office application.  This sets the students apart from other students on college applications, scholarships, resumes, and job applications.  Microsoft IT Academy offers many unique education benefits to fully prepare students for the 21st century and validate their learning through internationally recognized MOS certifications.  This is one of the many ways our state is making sure students are college and career ready for today’s technology-centered job market.



Students are expected to meet all course goals and apply knowledge through real life situations.  A variety of teaching methods are used to teach decision-making, problem-solving, communication, and employability and technological skills to students.  Techniques include the use of brainstorming, collages, guided practice/guided questioning, hands-on activities, independent practice, work-based learning, and peer teaching.  Hands-on and problem-solving experiences are encouraged to allow students to become engaged in the learning activities, business procedures, and to practice desired behaviors and attitudes.  Students are expected to become actively involved in activities, experiences, and assessments that deal with applying, synthesizing, and evaluating knowledge and skills learned in this class.


ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:  What is a MOS exam? How do you professionally create and develop business documents?  Why is this process important? How has electronic mail changed the way business is conducted?  How do spreadsheet applications simplify data commonly used in business settings?  How do database applications organize and manage data commonly used in business settings?  How is multimedia software used to enhance informational presentations?



  1. Personal Decision-Making Process
  2. Academic Planning and Career Development
  3. Technology Skill Applications
  4. Managing Finances and Budgeting
  5. Saving and Investing
  6. Banking and Financial Institute
  7. Credit and Debt
  8. Risk Management and Insurace


Assessment Procedures 

Students will be required to complete daily assignments.  Assignments and projects will be application/production and evaluated based on performance and/or observation.  I will maintain a folder of handouts and graded assignments.  Two types of evaluation methods will be used: production tests and projects.  Tests, performance assessments, class work, project reports, completion of assignments and project presentations are used in assessing students learning and progress through the course.  Students are given a rubric on some assignments for directions, expectations, and grading.



  1. Students will create a presentation on workplace behaviors.
  1. Students will create an electronic portfolio including a cover letter, resume, and completed job application, curriculum samples, four-year school plan using Microsoft Word.
  2. Students will develop a budget, net worth statement and income expense statement utilizing spreadsheet features.
  3. Students will manage a checking and savings account, balance a bank statement, and use online financial services.
  4. Students will participate in the Alabama Economic Stock Market game.
  5. Students will create a brochure: How You Can Manage Your Money Wisely?
  6. Student will develop a disaster preparedness plan


Grading Scale:

  • Daily Exercise/Class work                                                                         20%
  • Tests/Projects/Objective Assessments                                                80%




  • Microsoft MOS Word, PowerPoint, Excel




EMBEDDED NUMERACY ANCHOR STATEMENT: Improve student mathematical skills in a Project-Based Learning environment through technical related activities that prepares students for successful transition into a high demand-high wage occupation in the 21st century workforce.




EMBEDDED LITERACY ANCHOR STATMENT: Improve the reading, writing, and comprehension skills in a Project-Based Learning environment through technical related activities that prepares students for a successful transition into a high demand-high wage occupation in the 21st century workforce.



  • Office Administration
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant
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