Where am I going to go...
and how am I going to get there?
Decisions you make now will impact your future. Choose courses that help you with many careers of your choice!
Did you know?
Over 50% of the jobs that today's students will work in have not yet been created.
CEO's of local businesses report that the following skills are lacking in today's entry level workers: basic business conduct, teamwork and cooperation, problem solving and decision making, communication skills.
Emphasis in the 9th and 10th Grade
Freshmen (9th grade) attend the 9th grade Career Seminar class and explore the question "Who am I?" by completing a curriculum focused on learning about their own strengthes, weaknesses, skills and interests. They learn to use the Naviance system by completing personality, college, and career match surveys. Additionally, students explore career paths and complete a 4-year plan with their counselor.
Sophomores (10th grade) focus on Career Awareness. Sophomores utilize the results from Naviance to identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations. Sophomores are encouraged to investigate many helpful applications and links that will assist them in the development of effective strategies to realize their career goals; answering the age old question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?”
Emphasis in the 11th and 12th Grade
Juniors (11th grade) - Where Do I Go From Here?
During the first semester, all juniors attend an all day off-campus conference called, "Connecting to Success". There is a keynote address and breakout sessions, all taught by local business leaders. Topics covered include: Ethics in the Workplace, Financial Literacy, and Communicating your Values. The second major event is held during the Spring semester when all students are required to participate in a four hour Junior Job Shadow. Students identify a career option of their choosing and arrange to attend the workplace for at least a half day to experience the work enviornment.
Seniors (12th grade) - How Am I Going to Get There?
Seniors Focus on the transition process for post high school life. Every senior is required to take the
Career Exploration Project Class, a one-semester class involving a minimum 45 hour internship with a mentor. During the class, students will refer back to the Naviance system and complete the personality and career match surveys, then compare and reflect on how they have changed and grown during their high school experience.
Career Path Opportunities
There are many different career path options available for students. A career path offers students an opportunity to concentrate on specific courses in a cluster that will reward them with certification within the path. Students may earn a certificate of completion within a career path area with as few as six courses, including a 45 hour internship.
Career Paths Available to VHS Students
Students are encouraged to sign up for a career path in their sophomore and junior year. Signups are done in the Counseling Center. Each career path also has a faculty advisor. Current career path options at VHS include: Business, Graphic Communications, Video Production, Legal Services, CAD, Journalism, Engineering, Sports Medicine, Studio Art, Culinary Arts, Human and Social Services, Medical and Fitness Foundations, Leadership Studies, Teaching, Theater Arts, and Vocal Music. Seniors graduating with one or more career path certificates are honored with a separate awards presentation and a cord to wear at graduation.