SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences takes your students to the next level of demonstration within the SkillsUSA learning continuum. It prepares students for the transition to the workforce or higher education through authentic project-based experiences. The online curricula empower teachers with high-quality skill development resources and advances the impact of the SkillsUSA Framework.
Each Experience is designed with the best practices of project-based learning. They include on-line and off-line learning events including pre- and post-test, an instructor-led kickoff, and content that contributes to project completion. Each Experience engages students in implementing the Essential Elements through contextualized learning applied to real-work situations.
There are nine fundamental Experiences that can be completed within one academic year but can be expanded or completed more quickly to meet local needs. In addition, the advanced Experiences curriculum has six Experiences and a capstone authentic assessment Experience in which students develop a career-ready portfolio. The advanced Experiences may also be completed within an academic year or expanded.
Each fundamental Experience may be completed in two weeks if approximately 30 minutes are invested each day. Each advanced Experience may be completed within three weeks if approximately 30 minutes are invested each day. All Experiences begin with a pre-test, and it is followed by a 30-minute instructor-led kick-off, and then on-line and off-line individual or group tasks that contribute to the project completion. Instructors have the flexibility to adapt each experience to the local context.
Students may earn an electronic badge for successfully passing each Experience with a score of at least 80%. Students may also earn a cumulative badge for successfully passing all Experiences in a given set.
All of the resources are delivered digitally through an e-learning site that provides:
- 24/7 access to students and instructors on computers, tablets or smartphones
- Turnkey tools and resources for instructors
- A built-in grading and badging system
The most important skills were the hardest to teach
– until now!
Reliability | Resourcefulness | Resilience
Innovation | Cooperation | Project Management
Responsiveness | Workplace Habits | Career Planning
Career Essentials: Experiences,
The following include the Experience topics and the Essential Elements (career readiness skills) that are addressed from the SkillsUSA Framework:
(Grounded in Academics)
Collaboration | Initiative | Continuous Improvement
Customer Service | Change Management
Career Readiness Capstone Project
Career Essentials: Experiences,
All Experiences were created using project-based learning design best practices and include a 30-minute instructor-led kickoff, student instruction sheets, instructor guides, online e-learning events, offline learning events, pre- and post-tests, and scoring rubrics.
The following list include the Experience topics and the Essential Elements (career readiness skills) that are addressed from the SkillsUSA Framework:
Career Readiness Capstone Experience
In the Capstone, students spend time reviewing feedback they received on outputs in the first five Experiences. They revise and polish specific outputs to add to a career readiness portfolio which they will then be able to share with a potential employer. In addition, students complete a capstone reflection, a job search, the development of interview skills, and a practice interview. They prepare a resume, cover letter, thank you email or letter, as well as a letter requesting someone to serve as their reference. The capstone is all about students receiving and implementing feedback to prepare themselves for the world of work.
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