How to elevate career awareness in elementary school
Educators don’t expect elementary school students to know exactly what they want to be when they grow up.
But to raise students’ aspirations and introduce them to factors that go into that big decision, some districts are adding career awareness in the early grades.
Elementary students are learning concepts such as the cost of living and the various levels of postsecondary education.
“We’re helping students dream big,” says Melissa Miller Kincart, director of strategic partnerships and college and career readiness at Rapid City Area Schools.
More from DA: How CTE soars on Wichita high schools’ aviation pathway
The South Dakota district recently launched a wide-ranging K-12 college and career readiness initiative.
“We’re planting ideas around why they’re in school,” Kincart says. “The things they like and are studying can lead to what they do in their future.”
Snapshots of CTE in elementary schools
Here’s how Rapid City and a few other districts are elevating CTE in the early grades:
- How career awareness equals equity in Portland elementary schools
- A grade-by-grade look at career awareness in elementary school
- How students match interests with potential careers
- What happens when elementary school students visit the reality store