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At Ed, College, Career, and Life Ready means that our graduates have a plan, one that they have created with their future career goals in mind, have kept up with by meeting yearly benchmarks, and are prepared to follow-through with after high school graduation with the support of the diverse Network of individuals we have helped them cultivate. We call this the Student-Directed Learning Plan. Throughout their experience with us, our goal is to build capacity and provide support by:
Equipping students with the knowledge and structure to set goals for their futures;
Connecting them to a diverse Network of people, resources, and opportunities to achieve their goals;
Supporting their ongoing progress, assessment, and recalibration of goals; and
Celebrating their accomplishments.
Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, Ed program staff will facilitate an interwoven stream of direct-programming for students that creates the structure for and supports the development of Student-Directed Learning Plans (SDLPs). All programs are designed to address opportunity gaps related to college access, career exploration, and essential-skill building.
Connect Local- Skills building curriculum for grades 7-12 will be administered through a virtual platform developed by LRNG with supporting conference experiences offered to students at each grade level. These conferences will be refined to include topics that directly impact college and career preparedness while training modules will target the organization’s mission and ensure students gain skills needed to be successful, regardless of their chosen post-secondary path.
Explore Local- Ed will award scholarships to high school seniors preparing to make decisions for furthering their education. Each senior will be invited to apply and receive these awards over the course of their senior year.
Work Local– The executive Internship Program allows 12th grade students who are enrolled in the Academies of Birmingham to compete for paid internships with local businesses. Fifty five students will be selected for the program where they will gain 120 hours of workforce experience and participate in professional development sessions.
Graduate Local– Graduate Local was established to create connections to the community, provide support, and facilitate opportunities for Ed Alumni up to five years post-high school graduation.
Throughout the year students will use their SDLPs as a planning and recording tool. Students will be able to not only build a portfolio of their experiences and accomplishments, but of important personal connections they make throughout high school. The College and Career Prep series will culminate in an Executive Internship Program that will offer students the opportunity to benefit from the fruits of their labor through a 120-hour paid internship with companies across Birmingham.
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