Principal's Update - January 2017

CDC Principal’s Blog-January, 2017

Welcome to 2017! 

If you’ve heard any of the following statements lately, you might be concerned about our high school students & their possibilities for the future:

·       “The new normal is for Millennials to jump jobs four times in their first decade out of college. That's nearly double the bouncing around the generation before them did.”

·       “By 2030 over 2 billion jobs will disappear.”

·       “65 percent of today’s schoolchildren will eventually be employed in jobs that have yet to be created, according to this U.S. Department of Labor report.”

The Career Development Center has been providing career and technical education for SVVSD high school students in several pathways for over 30 years.  Does that mean CDC is antiquated?   While we do offer specific skill-based training in Agriscience, Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Dental Assisting, Engineering Technology, Health Careers, Interactive Media, Plant and Environment Technology, ProStart (Culinary) and Welding, we also provide opportunities for students to develop 21st Century Skills that will be transferable to any job, such as collaboration and teamwork, creativity and imagination, critical thinking and problem solving. 

As a bonus, we are assisting students in getting a head start on college by providing concurrent credit in four of our programs in partnership with Front Range Community College. Students in Automotive Technology, Health Careers, Interactive Media, and Welding are earning college credit at the same time they are completing their high school credit requirements. This puts students on a fast track for the same program at FRCC, so they can finish college faster, save money on tuition, and either get into the workforce more quickly or continue on with a four-year degree. 

All-in-all, the Career Development Center can help students navigate their postsecondary planning while preparing them for the shifting job market and the future.