Preparing students for the future
Our primary goal is to assist students in graduating from high school but we are also committed to students’ career pathway plan for after high school. We provide multiple opportunities for students to develop career pathway plans that will lead them to college, employment, an apprenticeship, or a structured gap-year program following their graduation from Mt. Scott Learning Center. We emphasize the relationship of coursework to future education and employment goals in our academic program and actively help students envision and prepare for their futures through services provided in our Transitions Center. This is achieved by, but not limited to:
TRANSITIONS CASE MANAGEMENT:
The case management program is predominantly aimed at juniors and seniors, but serves all freshmen and sophomores as well. The program is intended to provide additional supports to students that meet a low-income measure and/or are designated as Academic Priority by Portland Public Schools. Students in the case management program receive mentoring and support to actualize high school graduation while developing a plan for post-secondary success. Moreover, ongoing support is provided to students who need assistance in enrolling and completing course through Portland Evening and Summer Scholars. Students are offered an opportunity to bring their coursework back on track so they may graduate on time. As part of the continued support in the transitions case management, students outline an individual career plan while receiving support and barrier removal services from a case manager. Follow-up support is provided once the student has graduated.
CAREER FOUNDATIONS CLASS:
This semester-long class is aimed at providing non-senior students with a foundation for career exploration in order to develop a career pathway plan. The primary focus of the class is to engage students in actively searching for careers that meet their interests, skills and abilities. Additionally, students develop skills in creating their own job application portfolio, complete with a personalized resume, cover letter templates, and employment applications. Our objective is to support students in taking ownership over their job and career planning in order to be better prepared for challenges they may encounter in the professional world. Students actively engage in activities designed to prepare them for careers and to understand what will be needed to be successful. The class culminates with student presentations about their primary career pathway plan and back-up plan.
SURVIVING COLLEGE WRITING:
Mt. Scott recognizes that many of our graduates that move on to college still struggle to adjust to college level classes, including writing at the college level. These struggles, particularly for the predominantly first-generation college students, sometimes pose as risk factors towards recidivism. The semester-long “Surviving College Writing” course is designed to prepare and acclimate students to college while reducing risk factors to their success. This course is designed to help students apply writing skills and study habits to class assignments similar to offerings in an entry-level college class. Students will be evaluated based on research and revision of a major writing assignment. Students will also learn how to be successful students in a post-secondary education environment.
SENIOR TRANSITIONS CLASS:
This daily semester-long course is designed for seniors and focuses on preparing students for their post-secondary experience. Students spend time developing, updating and editing a job application portfolio that includes the job application skills of resumes, applications, cover letters and interviewing. For students who participated in the Career Foundations Class, their job application portfolio is used to further enhance their qualifications when seeking college entrance or employment. Students also devote time to continue career exploration through self-assessment and market research to ensure they are confident of their career pathway plan.
To graduate from Mt. Scott, students are asked to fulfill their Personalized Learning Requirements as required by Portland Public Schools. Students in the Senior Transitions class work on completing their “My Plan Essay,” detailing their post-secondary plans and reflecting on their high school experience; two Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs); and develop a complete resume. Through experiences both in and out of the classroom, students create a plan for graduation and beyond that fits their schedules and realities. At least half of this course is devoted to post-secondary education applications, college visits, guest speakers from universities, gap-year programs, union representatives and recruiters, and technical education programs from the Portland Metro area. This includes applying for financial aid such as the Pell Grant (through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Future Connect Scholarship through Portland Community College, and the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) portal along with other scholarship opportunities. Students also spend time working on soft skills (interpersonal skills, punctuality, etc.) and public speaking through daily activities designed to help students in their personal and professional development. Lastly, students are equipped with life skills such as financial literacy, renting an apartment, and planning.
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