The Career Awareness Program has a purpose to provide middle school students with background information on a variety of jobs and an awareness of realistic job choices. While its roots are in serving students with special learning needs, the program can be adapted to fit into any curriculum and at age age level.
Coordinating the project are three AEA staff members - Sandy Getzmier, AEA Teacher for students with multiple disabilities at Storm Lake Middle School; Harlan Hawley, work experience/transition coordinator at the Fort Dodge Central Office; and Larry Zwenke, work experience coordinator at Storm Lake High School. Getzmier has used the program in her classroom since 1997.
Perhaps the greatest benefit to this program is that curriculum is prepared and includes suggestions for incorporating career awareness into existing programs.
"We combine this career information with our speech and language goals of improving auditory comprehension, written tests, paragraph writing, retaining facts and others," Getzmier said. "We bring in guest speakers, take field trips, watch videos and other methods to learn about careers."
Read the rest of this article in the 9/26 Pilot Tribune.