When we suggest that our goals are focused on “college and career” readiness, we are trying to communicate that we are not just focused on preparing our college bound students, we are also equally concerned with fully preparing our students who will go on to technical schools and into the workforce. When we say “career readiness” we are referring to students entering technical training programs or the workforce right out of high school. We would like parents and students to know, however, that increasingly there is not a substantial difference between preparing students for college success and preparing them to be successful in the workforce. In our complex world, the skills needed to be successful in these two different paths are converging rather quickly. For example, it may surprise some students that the basic requirements to be accepted at LTC, without the need for remedial course work, is an ACT score of 18 in reading, 18 in science, 18 in English, and a score of 20 in math.
While college and career readiness refers to our student’s learning and preparation for success, college and career transitioning is becoming a huge focus of our guidance department. We clearly learned in the community survey that this was an area that the community felt needed more attention. A key part of effective transitioning from high school to college and careers is to guide all students in meaningful career exploration and decision making while in middle school and high school. In the LTC Parent Newsletter attached above (blog readers who would like a copy of the LTC Parent Newsletter can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) are some suggestions for parents in talking with their students about potential careers. We want to partner with parents in supporting students in making these decisions about their futures because if they have struggled with options for the future and made choices, their current learning can be far more purposeful. If you have any questions or suggestions about how we can work together toward this goal, please call Josh Cole, Bryce DeRoos or Scott Greupink at (920) 564-2346.