When SiskiyouWorks Director Marie Caldwell envisions a student’s journey to career success, she sees an expansive highway — stretching for miles, lined with opportunities for students to merge into a successful career pathway.
“The idea is to build a superhighway, where there’s lots of on-ramps and off-ramps to certification employment,” the passionate program director explains.
This CTE “superhighway” is comprised of recent SiskiyouWorks initiatives Ready for Work and Preparing for Work. Both programs contain curriculum aimed at equipping high school and middle school students with the means to pursue future college and career pathways.
“It’s a very structured career-planning strategy that starts at middle school,” Caldwell says. “We piloted the middle school version [Preparing for Work] in two middle schools, and we’ve added a third … this year.”
Meanwhile, the high school version of the program, Ready for Work, is giving career-minded students a distinct advantage with valuable hands-on experience in a variety of potential paths. Currently, the team is working to further integrate influencers at every level via an innovative internship framework.
“We have career technical education advisors across in every high school, deploying that program and working side-by-side with the CTE teachers [and] the career pathway teachers to lift that up and move it forward,” says Caldwell.