A comprehensive counseling and advisement program being implemented in Georgia is developing an Individual Graduation Plan for eighth-grade students that will be reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout their high school years.
“If a student starts off in the ninth grade in a pathway they’re not interested in, there’s room to change. They still have time to play with their schedule and expand their interest into other areas,” Phillips said. “We have to start as early as the elementary grades to highlight career awareness and exploration. Hopefully students will be exposed to career opportunities through middle school and the eighth grade transition, to exposing them to opportunities at the high school.”
Georgia’s initiative is based on the national Career Cluster model.
For more information about the new college and career pathway model, visit www.gadoe.org.
The GaDOE contributed to this report.
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