Based on Chapter 339, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has requirements for all grades. This tool is for students to help them through a process for them to make quality decisions about their future education and career path. Here are the current career statistics:
- An estimated 20 to 50 percent of students enter a post-secondary education experience without declaring a major course of study. Source: Gordon
- Over 80% of students change their major course of study at least 1 to 3 times with an average cost of over $10,000 per change leading to additional debt of the college investment. Source: National Center of Education Statistics
- Over 30% of students drop out of college within the first two years. The United States has lowest college completion rate in the developed world. Source: National Student Clearinghouse and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development
- Over 50% of students are not working a job or career in their major course of study. This is a waste of time and money if you not working in a job or career based on your time and financial investment. Source: CareerBuilder
This is a reason why we created the Focus Life Institute. Our purpose is to empower, equip and prepare this generation to become focused on their personal assignment and purpose in life to impact, transform and positively influence society!
Once you have completed the Career Pathway Chapter 339 e-Course, you will have achieved the following:
13.1.11 Career Awareness and Preparation
- Completed Self Assessments on interest and personality
- Reviewed career options based on assessments
- Researched careers matching self-assessment results
- Connect changing workplace roles to new career opportunities
- Participate in and assessing career development opportunities and ways to identify opportunities (e.g. job shadow, internship, community service)
- Gain knowledge by exploring secondary and postsecondary career training programs, all types
- Create a Career Action Plan, through career portfolio process setting career, educational and personal goals
- Select postsecondary opportunities based on Career Action Plan
13.2.11 Career Acquisition
- Practiced speaking and listening skills in the job interview process
- Used varied research skills in a job search (online resources)
- Reviewed annual career portfolio contents for personal career decision making
- Apply essential workplace skills (e.g. communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, dependability, and team building)
13.3.11 Career Retention and Advancement
- Understand personal attitudes and work habits for keeping a job and for advancing
- Learn and practice “team member” listening techniques (e.g. clarifying, summarizing, encouraging)
- Evaluate and utilize conflict resolution skills in the workplace (e.g. group dynamics, negotiation, problem-solving, constructive criticism)
- Learn about the global marketplace, adapting to change and moving forward professionally
- Understand lifelong learning and its impact on keeping a job and being advanced to new positions
- Compare entrepreneurial and corporate environments to achieve personal career goals
- Recognize entrepreneurial traits and how they match with personal traits
- Develop a business plan, using community entrepreneurship resources
In addition, our module will provide the following personal results:
- Create a personal VISION statement
- Understand your personal PERSONALITY style and the differences in others
- Discover your PASSIONS and areas of extracurricular activities
- Find your PLACEMENT in vocational spheres to impact and influence society
- Craft a career PATH matching your personality with jobs in career clusters
- Understand your PURPOSE why you exist
- Uncover your POSSIBILITIES in life and reduce distractions
- Establish your focus on PEAK PERFORMANCE by setting objectives, goals, strategies and measures.
- Be equipped in PEOPLE Skills, ESSENTIAL Skills (Soft Skills), and INTERVIEWING Skills
- Learn how to be a SERVANT to others
Understand yourself, how to fulfill your DESTINY, and become a CHANGE-AGENT to positively influence society!
Results from Blue Ribbon School
The Chapter 339 Program was implemented at Greenville Junior High in Greenville, PA, in the 8th grade beginning in January 2018. The school decided to switch from their current career program and offer the personalized program from the Focus Life Institute. The following results were achieved based on the Guidance Counselor’s outcomes.
- The personalized DISC Focus Profile helped students in developing people skills by understanding themselves and the motivations of others.
- The DISC Focus Profile results for each student was matched with careers in the 16 career clusters providing a better match than previous career profiles.
- Finding Life’s Direction materials were easy to comprehend while the students had fun understanding their behavioral differences.
- Each student created a vision statement of where they were going in life as well as set personal, professional and career goals.
- The online Finding Life’s Direction Development tool was easy to navigate, provided a section to capture personal notes and provided a summary Career Portfolio that is required as part of Chapter 339.
Our materials can be personalized to meet your specific school’s objectives and goals. You can customize your program and utilize all or part of the sessions in our development tool. Our materials will help you to discover life’s direction, develop career readiness and be prepared for the workplace.
Chapter 339 Requirements Level 9-12
The attached information parallels the Focus Life Institute Development Modules with the requirements of Chapter 339.
|Activity||Focus Life Tool|
|13.1.1 Career Awareness/Preparation||Suggested Module and Session|
|Completing Self Assessments (interest, aptitudes, personality, etc.)||Module: Finding Life’s Direction Session: Personality Behavioral Style – DISC Behavioral System with Profile. Artifact – identifying personal behavior motivations of self and others, with peer relationships, blending your style to get in sync and be flexible with others.|
|Reviewing career options, based on assessments
Researching careers matching self-assessment results
Connecting changing workplace roles to new career opportunities
|Module: Finding Life’s Direction Session: Profession Matches your behavioral style with careers in the 16 career clusters and Tech Prep. Artifact – go online to onetonline.org and research your career choices.|
|Participating in and assessing career development opportunities (e.g. job shadow, internship, community service)||Module: Finding Life’s Direction Session: Passion Identify and select from over 100 extracurricular activities and community services. Artifact – Capture results with online notes/place in goal setting notes.|
|Reviewing and revising the 9th -12th grade course selection plan, related to chosen career path
Gaining knowledge and exploring secondary and postsecondary career training programs, all types
|Module: Finding Life’s Direction Session: Profession Review options in Tech Prep. Artifact – go online to onetonline.org and research Tech Prep options.|
|Creating a Career Action Plan, through career portfolio process
Selecting postsecondary opportunities based on Career Action Plan.
|Module: Finding Life’s Direction Session: Summary Finalize goals in career, education, and clusters in a Career Portfolio summary section. Artifact – review Career Portfolio with Guidance Counselor.|
|13.2.11 Career Acquisition||Suggested Module and Session|
|Practicing speaking and listening skills in the job interview process (A)
Using varied research skills in a job search (online and print resources)
|Module: Workplace Preparation Session: Interviewing for Success Basic interviewing information and advanced behavioral interview skills. Artifact – in tool includes mock interview that identifies interviewing techniques. Included is a section of where to locate job openings.|
|Refining and collecting career acquisition documents for career portfolio (resume, job application, postsecondary application, essays, letters of recommendation)|
|Reviewing annually career portfolio contents for personal career decision making||Module: Finding Life’s Direction Session: Summary Finalize goals in career, education, and clusters in a Career Portfolio summary section. Artifact – review Career Portfolio with Guidance Counselor.|
|Applying essential workplace skills (e.g. communication, dependability, health and safety regulations, scheduling, technology, team building)||Module: Workplace Preparation Sessions: All 6 soft skills Includes communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, confidence, creativity and character. Artifact – utilize the personalized training of each skill with your peer relationships.|
|13.3.11 Career Retention and Advancement||Suggested Module and Session|
|Understanding personal attitudes and work habits for keeping a job and for advancing||Module: The HEROES Leadership Principles Session: all 6 areas Includes the acronym of HEROES – Honor, Excellence, Responsibility, Order, Expectation, Servanthood|
|Learning/Practicing “team member” listening techniques (e.g. clarifying, summarizing, encouraging)||Module: Finding Life’s Direction Session: Personality Behavioral Style – DISC Behavioral System with Profile. Artifact – identifying personal behavior motivations of self and others, with peer relationships, blending your style to get in sync and be flexible with others.|
|Evaluating conflict resolution skills in the workplace (e.g. group dynamics, negotiation, problem-solving, constructive criticism)||Module: Workplace Preparation Sessions: All 6 soft skills Includes communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, confidence, creativity and character. Artifact – how to handle and positively deal with conflict based on your personal behavioral style.|
|Developing a personal budget connected to career choice (e.g. gross pay, savings, taxes, charitable contributions)|
|Evaluating Time Management Strategies, effective for home and work||Module: Workplace Preparation Sessions: Focus Lifestyle Includes creating a lifestyle of focus in time management, focus energy, effort and reducing distractions. Artifact – create OGSM (Objectives, Goals, Strategies and Measures) for managing time|
|Strategizing/Learning about the global marketplace, adapting to change and moving forward professionally|
|Understanding lifelong learning and its impact on keeping a job and being advanced to new positions||Module: Workplace Preparation Session: HEROES principles and Soft Skills Training Being trained in soft skills, people skills and the virtues for success are included in these sessions. Artifact – review the personal stories and create your own strategies to excel and advance in the workplace.|
|13.4.11 Entrepreneurship||Suggested Module and Session|
|Comparing entrepreneurial and corporate environments to achieve personal career goals||Module: Entrepreneurship – Basic entrepreneur and corporate environments – personal goals|
|Recognizing entrepreneurial traits and how they match with personal traits||Module: Entrepreneurship – Basic entrepreneur characteristics with profile determining levels of opportunity and core traits|
|Developing a business plan, using community entrepreneurship resources (e.g. Chamber of Commerce, trade/technical Associations, entrepreneurial development centers)||Module: Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneur business planning model|