Our program invests in helping middle school students navigate the career awareness process by helping them to recognize what their “SPARK” is and how it leads to potential college and career pathways.
MS Career Interest Survey
Our interest survey is available through StudentVue for every middle school student and their family. Students complete a brief questionnaire that highlights their interests and strengths and connects them to LBUSD high school career pathways and industries.
Lenses on the Future (link to document in Appendix B)
Every Scholar receives engaging, research-based lessons developed in partnership with Harvard University’s Jobs for the Future initiative that facilitate career awareness through the lenses of Self, Society and Security. (Hyperlink to document displaying information in Appendix B).
Young Professional Portfolio
Students must collect and review their work throughout the college and career exploration process in a professional portfolio. Students must then present their work and discoveries in a formal presentation.
Students engage in either IT or Health Science projects that helps critical thinking skills. Students build an app in our IT module and Health Science students learn how to stitch a wound among other engaging activities.
Visits to Colleges and Career Sites (See Appendix C)
In Long Beach, elementary students are exposed to Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach. In the middle school, we work to expose students to a broader college landscape by connecting them with specific academic departments local UC’s and other institutions including University of California, Irvine, UCLA, USC, Chapman and Pepperdine just to name a few. We are also building relationships with employers including Apple, Virgin Galactic and others to expose students to a broad spectrum of career pathways.