Research Topics

Career Connections

Since 2004, the Heldrich Center and Verizon New Jersey have jointly created industry-education alliances to educate New Jersey students, parents, educators, and school counselors about promising career options and the skills needed to work in today's labor market. A Career Connections Steering Committee was convened and includes the state's top business, education, and school counseling organizations as well as the New Jersey Department of Education. Project accomplishments have included providing up-to-date career information and technical assistance to New Jersey high school students, parents, teachers, and school counselors; disseminating data on high-demand industries, jobs, and jobs skills; promoting the State of New Jersey's online career website for students, NJNextStop; and incorporating NJNextStop content into K-12 curricula and counseling activities.

In 2003, with support from Verizon New Jersey, the Career Connections initiative was launched to encourage New Jersey's leading industry and education groups to work more closely on career education. A statewide steering committee of employers, educators, and labor organizations was created to disseminate information to students, parents, teachers, and school counselors on the skills and education requirements needed to fill high-demand jobs in New Jersey's key industries.

About Career Connections

Since its inception, Career Connections has worked diligently to raise awareness about the changing education and training needs of New Jersey's 21st century economy. The program has hosted statewide conferences to showcase successful business-education training partnerships and new apprenticeship options. It has also shared career information with educators and counselors through the New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey School Boards Association, and New Jersey School Counselors Association.

In addition to participation at large state conferences, Career Connections has rolled out a "high-tech, high-touch" strategy to reach students, counselors, and teachers by introducing them to cutting-edge career and education information available throughwww.njnextstop.org and www.heldrich.rutgers.edu. Hundreds of NJNextStop posters and mousepads have also been distributed to New Jersey high schools and colleges.

Now, Career Connections is joining forces with Verizon's Access New Jersey online network to give more than 200 New Jersey schools the ability to access and share the latest course lessons, professional development, and demonstrations about careers and education needed to help students transition from schools to careers.

Resources

Teacher and Counselor Resources

America Diploma Project

A coalition of states committed to aligning high school standards, assessments, graduation requirements, and accountability systems with the demands of colleges and the workplace.

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

A national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. Provides over 28,000 member career and technical educators with the resources they need to prepare an educated and competitive workforce. ACTE is committed to increasing public awareness and appreciation for career and technical programs and to assuring growth in local, state, and federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with legislators and government leaders.

Association for Career and Technical Education Center: Educator Resource Center

Allows teachers, school counselors and administrators improve classroom instruction and develop new and innovative CTE programs. The Lesson Plan search allows teachers to search by career cluster.

Learn More Now, Do More Now, Earn More Later

A product of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, this website encourages students to take challenging courses, achieve at their highest level, and reap the benefits of that hard work at a good college and in a good job. The website also provides everything a teacher needs to educate students about the hard decisions they have to make in middle school and high school to be academically competitive for good colleges and even better, more fulfilling jobs including presentations, lesson plans, background research, and certificates of accomplishment.

New Jersey Education Association

An organization dedicated to promoting excellence in New Jersey’s schools by advocating on behalf of members and promoting quality professional development for teachers to advance and support policies that enhance and enrich public education.

NJNextStop

A website that provides school counselors, teachers, secondary students, and their parents the vital details about industries, types of jobs, and the cutting-edge career paths that are possible.

Pennsylvania Department of Education: Best Practices in Career and Technical Education

Local school districts in Pennsylvania identify, share and disseminate successful educational practices to strengthen CTE programs.

The Career and Technical Special Populations Training and Resource Education Center

The Career and Technical Special Populations Training and Resource Education Center (CTSP Center) is a collaborative effort between the Family Development and Resource Management (FDRM) unit of Texas Cooperative Extension and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The CTSP Center received a one-year grant from TEA to provide CTE teachers and other educators with access to resources for improving their knowledge regarding the education of students with special needs enrolled in CTE programs.

Regional Educational Laboratory Program-Mid-Atlantic

A partnership of The Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, Caliber, and ICF International Company, Metiri Group, ANALYTICA and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) to meet the research and technical assistance needs of educators and policymakers in the mid-atlantic region.

New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

The New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is an organization whose work is focused on improvements in the education of professional school personnel in New Jersey to ensure that all children are taught by highly qualified teachers.

Student, Parent, and Counselor Resources

Learn More Now, Do More Now, Earn More Later

A product of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, this website encourages students to take challenging courses, achieve at their highest level, and reap the benefits of that hard work at a good college and in a good job. The website also provides everything a teacher needs to educate students about the hard decisions they have to make in middle school and high school to be academically competitive for good colleges and even better, more fulfilling jobs including presentations, lesson plans, background research, and certificates of accomplishment.

New Jersey School Counselors Association

New Jersey Transfer

Helps students transfer community college courses in New Jersey. It helps in deciding which courses to take at community colleges, which New Jersey four-year colleges offer equivalent courses, and how the courses will satisfy four-year degree requirements. Also offers contact information for admission, course transfers, or transfer recruitment events. Provides information about career fields that are in high demand in New Jersey.

New Jersey Commission on Higher Education: The Inventory of Degree and Certificate Program Offerings at New Jersey Institutions of Higher Education

This website contains information about the over 3,900 approved degree and certificate programs at licensed New Jersey institutions of higher education.

New Jersey Commission on Higher Education: Equal Opportunity Fund

Offers detailed information about the Equal Opportunity Fund program. Provides information about which colleges and universities have Equal Opportunity Fund programs and contact information at those institutions.

New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools

Learn about the innovative programs at the 21 county vocational-technical schools throughout New Jersey that link academics with real-world career training.

New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education: New Jersey Place

Apprenticeships in a participating New Jersey building and construction trades union can lead to a college degree. Provides detailed information about how to turn apprenticeship training in the building and construction trades into college credit.

New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward (STARS) Program

This scholarship program covers the cost of all tuition and approved fees for two years at a local community college if a student graduates in the top 20% of his/her class. Provides information about the program and a list of participating colleges and universities.

New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority

Provides students, parents, and financial aid professionals knowledge of different types of financial aid information available for students.Pathmark 42

NJNextStop

A website that provides school counselors, teachers, secondary students, and their parents the vital details about industries, types of jobs, and the cutting-edge career paths that are possible.

Mapping Your Future

Provides information for parents and students on planning for college, financial strategies, and more.

Engineer Girl

With information on the different fields of engineering, encourages young women to consider a career in engineering.

America's Career InfoNet

Has vast career information and helpful tools such as reports, videos, and labor market data.

LifeWorks

Profiles over 100 careers in the health field, and provides data on working conditions, education requirements, salaries, and more.

Tools for Beginning Jobseekers

Provides teenagers with assistance in résumé writing, selecting references, and other practices in preparation for their introduction to the job market.

The Fun Works: For Careers You Never Knew Existed

Introduces students ages 11-15 to several careers in health, science, the arts, sports, and others that are suited to their interests.

job-hunt

Features a comprehensive listing of web-based employment-search resources.

California Career Zone

Designed for students, counselors, and jobseekers, includes overviews of 900 occupations in various sectors beyond California.

National Research Centers for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE)

Provides innovative methods designed to enhance career and technical education.

AgrowKnowledge: The National Resource Center for Agriscience & Education

Prepares students for a diverse range high-tech careers in fields such as food production, alternative energy, agricultural science, and biotechnology.

For Kids Only: Earth Sciences Enterprise

Features extensive information on earth science topics and fields of employment such as air, land, water, natural hazards, and their interaction with the human population.

CookingSchools.com: The Cooking and Culinary School Directory

Serves as a comprehensive listing of over 1,200 culinary arts school as well as career and job listings for students interested in this particular field.

The Princeton Review

Provides vast and helpful information on the admissions process for college, graduate school, and professional schools ranging from exam requirements to financial aid.

Suggested Reading for School Counselors

Accelerating the Agenda: Actions to Improve America’s High Schools

Courageous Conversations: Achieving the Dream and the Importance of Student Success

Thrive: The Skills Imperative, New Jersey Council on Competitiveness

An interesting and important report on the key trends underpinning future skills challenges and opportunities in the United States.

Career Videos

Sometimes the view from inside a job is the one that adds the most insight. That is why the Heldrich Center, with support from Verizon New Jersey, interviewed nine professionals in different industries and occupations -- and let them tell their own story.

How did they get to where they are? What is the most important thing they need to know to be good at their job? What challenges did they face in getting there? How did they overcome them? Could someone you know -- or something you are doing right now -- be the thing that changes your life?

These are the kind of questions you need to answer before you launch your career. Take a few minutes to listen to people tell their career story, in their own words, and then start your own adventure. Good luck!

Also available are questions for teachers to pose to their students in a classroom setting.

Steering Committee

Career Connections steering committee members meet approximately 2 to 3 times per year. Committee members provide direction and expertise into new initiatives and provide validation on current projects. This year, committee members will reach out to their respective constituencies to market and promote the new Career Connections website and a statewide nomination process for teaching best practices that will be turned into professional development.

Current member organizations include:

If you or a representative of your organization are interested in serving on the Career Connections steering committee, pleaseemail Laurie Harrington, Project Manager at the Heldrich Center, or contact her at 732-932-4100, x6322.

Funded by Verizon New Jersey.

Topic: 
Education & Training
Research Team: 
Laurie Harrington
Funded By: 
Verizon New Jersey
Status: 
Completed
Keywords: 
career education
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