District 214 will cap off its series of autumn events designed to give students and parents deep exposure to college options and career pathways with the second annual College and Career Ready! Night. The event is set for Wednesday, October 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center. District 214 educators will lead sessions on such topics as career pathways, early college credit opportunities and work-based learning experiences.
District 214 has issued invitations for College and Career Ready! NIght to incoming 8th graders in addition to all current 214 students. As 214 Superintendent Dave Schuler noted in his keynote to the recent Redefining Readiness Summit, early career exploration is vital for many reasons, including the fact that it encourages students to imagine, dream and plan for their futures and adds relevance to their current coursework.
In addition, District 214’s Career Pathways, coupled with an extensive and growing network of work-based learning experiences - made possible through community partnerships - allow students an opportunity to experience and test career options early, before committing time and financial resources to postsecondary education and training.
Earlier this fall, District 214 hosted a series of three Career Nights, one each on “Arts and Communication/Human Services,” “Health and Natural Resources” and “Engineering, Industrial Technology, Business and Computers.” Each provided a glimpse into a variety of careers and allowed students and parents to meet with industry professionals and hear about the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in each field.