Through the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Legislation, WorkSource Montgomery is pleased to pursue the Blueprint mandate to develop and deliver Career Advising Services for all Montgomery County Public Schools Middle and High School students.
WorkSource Montgomery (WSM) will coordinate career counseling services working closely with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College (MC), The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), as well as business and community groups.
Career Coaches will be located at all middle and high schools in MCPS. They will meet with groups and individual students to ensure all students receive the minimum effective dosage for career management and self-advocacy.
Career Coaches and others involved in career coaching will use RIASEC as common, aligned career language to help students easily map and understand options available to them at various decision points. Career Coaching will use a shared set of questions to create a unified coaching dialogue.
Career Coaches, and other partners will share and clarify information about future demands of work, expectations, and career opportunities with students and their families. Students will learn more about existing options through a continuum of work based learning experiences.
Career Coaches will provide supporting structures that continually engage students throughout their school experiences to strengthen their identity and develop lifelong career management skills. They will provide students with print materials, online resources, and approaches to do this.
Career Coaches and others involved in career coaching will support classroom teachers with training, lesson plans, and/or strategies to easily integrate career competencies into everyday lessons. Stipends and training will be provided for Career Coaches, CCIC, teachers and other staff to support modeling, integration, and celebration of career connections to content areas.
Career Coaches, and other partners will expand student opportunities such as on-site and off-site based models, and expand business engagements. The goal is for students to “experience” work opportunities including career exploration labs, internships, apprenticeships, industry chats, and other models of career exploration.