Education K-12

Focus Life offers our individual courses in the following applications to help educate, equip and empower individuals and students to focus in navigating their future.

Focus Life Institute is an on-line, educational, strategic training curriculum that equips, educates and empowers individuals to FOCUS on identifying their calling and assignment in life, achieve their purpose and fulfill their destiny.

Our curriculum provides a personalized experience for students in the following areas:

  • SEL – social-emotional learning support
  • Creating a Personal Vision Statement and Identifying Passion Areas
  • Behavioral Development – Understanding Self and the Motivations of Others
  • Matching Student’s Behavioral Style With Jobs in the 16 Career Clusters
  • Equipping in the Top 10 Soft Skills + Interviewing To Secure Their Desired Job
  • Setting Career, Educational and Personal Goals
  • Values and character development for workplace success
  • Entrepreneurship in starting a business
  • Transition to work or post-secondary education

Course Descriptions

K – 3rd Grade

The Module for K – 3rd grade provides an online personalized experience for elementary-aged students that provides training on key topics, activities and artifacts of the mandatory program.

Each student will be equipped in the four focus areas of career awareness/preparation, career acquisition, career retention/advancement and entrepreneurship. Each student will have ability for online note taking as well as creating a summary portfolio.

It’s important to begin discussing career options at a young age. The Focus Life Institute team, with their combined education and Fortune 500 management expertise, has developed an online, practical, and personalized course that has been administered in schools, colleges and businesses.

The purpose of the online Focus Life Institute is to empower, equip and prepare students in the following areas:

  • Identify your personalized behavioral style while gaining an understanding of self and others.
  • Begin to examine a career path by matching your personal behavioral style to jobs in the 16 National Career Clusters.
  • Discover and research specific jobs that relate to your behavior and interests.
  • Identify passion areas and extracurricular activities that can help you in your future.
  • Set career, educational, and personal goals to help you stay focused on your future.
  • Provide training in skill development in time management and essential soft skills that employers are demanding.
  • Pinpoint values that can help you advance in the workplace such as The HEROES Effect. The acronym for HEROES is H – Honor, E – Excellence, R – Responsibility, O – Order, E – Expectation and S – Servanthood/Service.
  • Create a career portfolio based on Chapter 339 that will combine your profiles, activities, and “I” statements in one document that can be utilized as you decide what to pursue as you further your education.

Let’s begin our journey to starting your career path exploration and learning to be an excellent employee. And remember, your focus determines your future!

4th – 5th Grade

The Module for 4th and 5th grades provides an online personalized experience for elementary-aged students that provides training on key topics, activities and artifacts of the mandatory program.
Each student will be equipped in the four focus areas of career awareness/preparation, career acquisition, career retention/advancement and entrepreneurship. Each student will have ability for online note taking as well as creating a summary portfolio.

It’s important to begin discussing career options at a young age. The Focus Life Institute team, with their combined education and Fortune 500 management expertise, has developed an online practical, personalized course that has been administered in schools, colleges and businesses.

The purpose of the online Focus Life Institute is to empower, equip and prepare students in the following areas:

  • Identify your personalized behavioral style while gaining an understanding of self and others.
  • Craft a career path by matching your personal behavioral style to jobs in the 16 National Career Clusters.
  • Discover and research specific jobs that relate to your behavior and interests.
  • Identify passion areas and extracurricular activities that can help you in your future.
  • Set career, educational, and personal goals to help you stay focused on your future.
  • Provide training in skill development in time management, budgeting, and essential soft skills that employers are demanding.
  • Pinpoint values that can help you advance in the workplace such as The HEROES Effect. The acronym for HEROES is H – Honor, E – Excellence, R – Responsibility, O – Order, E – Expectation and S – Servanthood/Service.
  • Create a career portfolio based on Chapter 339, that will combine your profiles, activities, and “I” statements in one document that can be utilized as you decide what to pursue as you further your education.

Let’s begin our journey by getting you career ready and workplace prepared for your future. And remember, your focus determines your future!

Junior High School

This Junior High School development tool was designed for students to help them through a process to make quality decisions about their future education, career path and to be prepared for the workplace.

The Module provides an online personalized experience for Middle School students that provides training on key topics, activities and artifacts of the mandatory program.
Each student will be equipped in the four focus areas of career awareness/preparation, career acquisition, career retention/advancement and entrepreneurship. Each student will have ability for online note taking as well as creating a summary portfolio.

The current career statistics reflect an ongoing concern about career readiness.

  •  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

The Focus Life Institute team with their combined education and Fortune 500 management expertise have developed an online practical, personalized course that has been administered in schools, colleges and businesses.

The purpose of the online Focus Life Institute is to empower, equip and prepare students in the following areas:

  • Identify your personalized behavioral style while gaining an understanding of self and others.
  • Craft a career path by matching your personal behavioral style to jobs in the 16 National Career Clusters.
  • Discover and research specific jobs that relate to your behavior and interests.
  • Identify passion areas and extracurricular activities that can help you in your future.
  • Set career, educational, and personal goals to help you stay focused on your future.
  • Provide training in skill development in time management, budgeting, and essential soft skills that employers are demanding.
  • Pinpoint values that can help you advance in the workplace such as The HEROES Effect. The acronym for HEROES is H – Honor, E – Excellence, R – Responsibility, O – Order, E – Expectation and S – Servanthood.
  • Create a career portfolio based on Chapter 339, that will combine your profiles, activities, and “I” statements in one document that can be utilized as you apply for post-secondary education or training.
    Let’s begin our journey by getting you career ready and workplace prepared for your future. And remember, your focus determines your future!

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 36 WEEK COURSE OUTLINE

Week 1 – 9 Course Modules

Week 1: Understanding Personality Styles
Week 2: Understanding Self
Week 3: Understanding Others
Week 4: How to Connect With Others
Week 5: DISC Leadership
Week 6: General Occupations
Week 7: My Personality Matching Career Clusters
Week 8: Researching My Career Choices
Week 9: Exam/Assessment

Week 10 – 18 Course Modules

Week 10: How to Gain Experience
Week 11: Identifying My Passion
Week 12: Creating a Vision Statement
Week 13: Identifying Goals
Week 14: Setting Goals
Week 15: Time Management
Week 16: Basic Interviewing
Week 17: Creating a Budget
Week 18: Exam/Assessment

Week 19 – 27 Course Modules

Week 19: Why Soft Skills
Week 20: How to Improve Communication
Week 21: How to Collaborate With Others
Week 22: How to Reduce Conflict
Week 23: How to Build Confidence
Week 24: Understanding Your Creativity
Week 25: How to Protect Your Character
Week 26: How to Solve Problems
Week 27: Exam/Assessment

Week 28 – 36 Course Modules

Week 28: How to Make Decisions
Week 29: How to be a HERO
Week 30: What is Honor and Excellence
Week 31: Taking Responsibility and Order
Week 32: Expert Attitude and Serving Others
Week 33: Are You An Entrepreneur
Week 34: Traits of Entrepreneurs
Week 35: Successful Insights
Week 36: Exam/Assessment

High School

This development tool was designed for high school students to help them through a process to make quality decisions about their future education, career path and to be prepared for the workplace. The Career Ready and Workplace Preparation course provides an online personalized experience for high school students that provides training in social-emotional learning support, career readiness, and transition to work or post-secondary education.

According to a Youth Truth Student Survey:

  • 55% of students do not feel positively about their college and career readiness
  • 87% of students surveyed said they want to go to college, while only 2.8% do not, and 10% percent aren’t sure
  • 71% percent of students said they expect to go to a two- or four-year college. students, only

The current career statistics reflect an ongoing concern about career readiness.

  • 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

The Focus Life Institute team with their combined education and Fortune 100 management expertise have developed an online, practical, and personalized course that has been administered in schools, colleges and businesses.

Listed below are three options to implement our courses – Club, Elective, or Full Year Curriculum:

Club or Elective Courses – Workbook or Online

HEROES Effect

The FOCUS on HEROES Principles for Success course will help students identify their specific virtues they can develop to be successful in their personal and professional life. The course focuses on six principles underlining values and character development—H for honor, E for excellence, R for responsibility, O for order, E for expectation, and S for servanthood. These characteristics are proven to produce favor and increase their opportunities for influence and advancement. This course comes with the companion eBook, HEROES EFFECT, and successful course completion grants a certificate.

Finding Life’s Direction

Our Finding Life’s Direction course will provide students with a process to get focused on their career path to be prepared for their future. This course includes creating a vision statement, identifying your passion areas, and discover your vocational sphere of influence. In addition, each student will identify their personality style, gift cluster and then match their personality with jobs in the 16 career clusters saving time and money in their career path. Finally, each student will create personal, career and educational goals for their future. The end result is an action plan to achieve your dream and fulfill your destiny!

Skills for Success

The FOCUS on Skills for Success course will students gain the edge and stand out in the sea of employees as their career skyrockets. LinkedIn’s Workplace Learning Report shares that soft skills are the number one priority for talent development. Employers continue to say graduates coming into the workplace lack the essential soft skills that are required for success in the workforce. These include people skills, communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, confidence, creativity, character, decision-making, problem solving, time management plus the behavioral interview techniques. Successful completion of this course and exam grants them a certificate.

Entrepreneurship

The FOCUS on Entrepreneurship Course helps students determine if the freedom and flexibility of entrepreneurship is the right path for them. Financial freedom is a main goal of entrepreneurs, but this is possible only if you understand the basic principles and are willing to learn from those who have done it successfully. This course will equip you to be unstoppable—develop the behaviors of successful entrepreneurs, create a basic business plan, and use the ICES model (Innovation, Concepts, Execution, and Solutions) to help students chart their course to entrepreneurial business success!

FULL YEAR – HIGH SCHOOL 36 WEEK COURSE OUTLINE

Week 1 – 9 Course Modules

Week 1: Personality – Identifying Your Behavior Style and the Motivations of Others
Week 2: Behavioral Flexibility and Adaptability – Blending and Connecting With Others
Week 3: Behavioral Leadership and Occupational Characteristics
Week 4: Identifying DISC and General Occupations
Week 5: Matching Behavior With Occupations in the 16 Career Clusters
Week 6: How to Gain Workplace Preparation
Week 7: Identifying Your Passion Areas
Week 8: Creating a Personal Vision for Your Life
Week 9: Exam/Assessment

Week 10 – 18 Course Modules

Week 10: Peak Performance Setting Goals – Educational, Career and Personal Goals
Week 11: Introduction to Soft Skills – What Employers Are Requiring
Week 12: Communication – Improving Interaction With Others
Week 13: Collaboration – Working Better in Teams
Week 14: Conflict Resolution – How to Reduce and Overcome Conflict
Week 15: Confidence – Building Self Esteem
Week 16: Creativity – Identifying Your Creative Abilities
Week 17: Character – Protecting Your Future
Week 18: Exam/Assessment

Week 19 – 28 Course Modules

Week 19: Critical Thinking Skills Problem Solving
Week 20: Critical Thinking Skills Decision-Making
Week 21: HEROES Character Devel, Profile & e-book
Week 22: Operating in Honor and Excellence
Week 23: Understanding Responsibility and Order
Week 24: Living in Expectation and Servanthood
Week 25: How to Interview Overview
Week 26: Understanding the Behavioral Interview
Week 27: Mock Interview With Role Playing
Week 28: Exam/Assessment

Week 29 – 36 Course Modules

Week 29: Job Acquisition Overview and Application
Week 30: Time Management – Managing Your Time Effectively
Week 31: Basic Budgeting Principles
Week 32: Basic Entrepreneurship
Week 33: Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs
Week 34: Basic Components of a Business Plan
Week 35: Insights for Success – Innovation, Concepts, Execution and Solutions
Week 36: Exam/Assessment

Testimonials

I am truly excited about doing this with our kids!!! It will be fun, and I love that it’s gets them interacting with each other! The biggest thing for me is for our kids to actually SEE what they are capable of instead of just hearing it. Cindy D.

The presentation offers a variety of descriptors and application of DISC personality profiles so different learning styles may understand in many ways. The presentation offers relevant life situations in which the DISC is beneficial. Character, communication, and compassion are essential skills in all relationships even outside work. Michael G.

I learned a lot of new information from the trainings.  I feel that it will better help me to work with my students and for them to understand what type of person they are. I feel the training was done very well.  Jaron P.

I believe the material is essential for the next generation to be able to conduct successful adult lives. The material will be useful for lesson plans. Alex A.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first head of this program, but I am pleasantly surprised.  This is something that helped our students understand themselves and each other, but it also helped us as well in different areas of our lives. Anne P.

Recommendation Letter

To Whom It May Concern:

Greenville Junior and Senior High School, Greenville, Pennsylvania is one of only four (4) high schools in Pennsylvania to achieve National Blue Ribbon School status. We are committed to meeting the wide range of needs of our students, whilehonoringtheir life-long learning, leisure, and career choices.

We have replaced our current 8th grade career guidance material with The Focus Life Institute’s online program entitled Finding Life’s Direction. This educational programming component assists students in finding out who they are, how to understand and work with others, and a career path for their future.

Finding Life’s Direction is a student development tool containing educational materials that meets the requirements of PA Act 339. It is unique in its presentation because of its individualized guidance. possibilities. Finding Life’s Direction uses a personalized profiling system which match students’ individual behavioralstylewith the occupations in the 16 national career clusters.

It was a fun and enjoyable educational experience for our students. The learning materials were easy to
access because of the online format while giving our Career Guidance Counselor the flexibility to pick and choose sections that best meet the needs of our school’s objectives.

Consider our experiences:
• Instructors have the freedom to create own activities to accompany online lessons.
• Students enjoyed the material followed by a hands-on, energetic activity that allowed them to interact with other students.
• Unlike other inventories, students connected with the real-life application and fit to their personality and potential career choices.
• Students thoroughly enjoyed the implanted videos within the lessons; these media break-up the monotony of a full lecture period.

We would highly recommend that you review the online modules from The Focus Life Institute that offer practical tools to help students create their personal vision, discover their career path and set goals for their future.

Thank you,

Mark Ferrara
Superintendent

Mark D. Hogue, PhD.
Principle, Grades 7-8-9
Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction

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