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This document is intended to help practitioners plan and implement activities for observance of Career Development Month in Illinois. Part 1 examines the following topics: the definitions of career development and education-to-careers; the rationale for devoting a month to career development; a career framework; and suggested Career Development Month activities. Part 2, which concentrates on specific career development activities appropriate for youths and adults, details 26 activities that have been successfully implemented at Illinois elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools. The following are among the activities included: K-8 career awareness program; business buddies classroom project; exploration of high-tech careers; totally tech camp; job shadowing for rural students; summer job contacts, extended campus program; and tech prep summer educator academy. Part 3 profiles six nationally recognized career guidance programs. Part 4, which deals with education and community collaboration, discusses the following topics: (1) benefits of education-community resource collaboration; (2) ways parents can be involved; and (3) work-based learning experiences (field trips, resource speakers, career days/fairs, job shadowing, mentoring). Part 5 presents the following items: labor market information; facts and figures regarding gender equity; list of 10 traits employers want in their employees; and profiles/addresses of 4 Illinois agencies providing career-related information. (MN)

Descriptors: Adult Programs, Annotated Bibliographies, Articulation (Education), Career Development, Career Education, Career Exploration, Career Guidance, Community Colleges, Counseling Techniques, Day Camp Programs, Definitions, Demonstration Programs, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, English, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Experiential Learning, Field Trips, Fused Curriculum, Instructional Design, Integrated Curriculum, Labor Market, Learning Activities, Mentors, Models, Occupational Information, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Personality Traits, Postsecondary Education, Rural Areas, Rural Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Sex Fairness, State Agencies, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Summer Programs, Systems Approach, Teacher Education, Tech Prep, Technical Occupations, Technological Advancement, Transitional Programs, Work Experience Programs, Youth Programs

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Author: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.


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