As a new wave of technology enters the workforce, K-12 educators have been concerned about how this huge change in the types of employment needed would affect their students. Cajon Valley Union School District is at the forefront of preparing students for their future careers. They have implemented a “World of Work” mission to connect the work students are doing in the classroom to their futures.
Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer for CVUSD, Ed Hidalgo, believes that the efforts in the World of Work (WoW) program will make the Cajon Valley community the best place to live and work. In working with the 26 K-8 schools within the district, Hidalgo has focused on giving support to educators who want to implement the World of Work Initiative and discover how their unique strengths and abilities will give them a place in the world.
Teachers play an essential role in developing students’ unique qualities. World of Work has given these teachers a way to refine the qualities of each student and support them in the areas they struggle. Career development is a human process that evolves more fully when we collaborate and are engaged with others, and teachers can be the spark that ignites a child’s interest in a certain career as they learn about who they are and what they want to become. When teachers support students in exploring what the future can hold for them, students are able to develop more authentic answers to those questions.
Although teachers are often the influences who can pinpoint a great career path for a student, many teachers are unfamiliar with the evolving world of work. With 50 percent of STEM jobs not requiring a four-year college degree, it raises the questions of whether or not teachers should be preparing every student for college. With statistics showing that the United States does not have the population to fill all the jobs as skilled or freelance workers that will arrive in the future, programs like World of Work can help teachers understand the current work arena and prepare students for it.
The education system at CVUSD is modernizing the way they help youth identify and develop their unique abilities to better meet their needs and the needs of employers. This will help students be prepared for the real world decisions they will make in their lives. The World of Work program makes learning relevant through work-based simulations, focused around six types of careers each year at each grade level. This will give every student exposure to 54 career choices by the time they leave 8th grade.
As teachers implement World of Work into their classrooms, students will be driven to find a path to secure their place in the future. The World of Work initiative shows teachers and students that everyone has a place and everyone is of value within their community.
About Cajon Valley Union School District
With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach.
Company Name: Cajon Valley Union School District
Contact Person: Howard Shen
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Address:750 E Main St
City: EL CAJON
Country: United States