Career Portfolio

OVERVIEW OF CAREER PORTFOLIO

As part of the DCTS curriculum, each student is expected to successfully develop and build a Career Portfolio. The purpose of the Career Portfolio is to ensure that all DCTS students will have an opportunity to:

  • Develop effective plans for a successful future;
  • Develop the skills necessary for post-secondary success; and
  • Develop a tool to be used during the job application and interview process.

Beginning in their ninth grade year, each student will be introduced to four major components of the career portfolio and will be expected to successfully complete each component by their senior year. The four major components include:

  1. Career Acquisition Documents and Professional Communication: this component requires students to research careers, plan courses, learn about their personalities, strengths and weaknesses related to careers, and document their progress each step of the way. It includes career documents and professional communication such as: resume, cover letter, letters of request, and many other documents are also created, integrating the critical academic skills of reading and writing with the career and technical skills.
  2. Comprehensive Career and Technical Best Works: this component includes samples of each student’s best work, commensurate with the highest level of competency attained in the students’ career and technical area each year. The best works documentation is accompanied by written explanations and reflections designed to prompt self-assessment and evaluation of critical academic, career and technical, and career education skills.
  3. Interviews: this component provides the student, during their junior year, an opportunity to participate in mock interviews that are conducted by business/industry leaders. The mock interviews are geared to enhance job interview skills. Prior to graduation, each senior must complete an exit interview and communicate their portfolio and post-secondary action plan to DCTS faculty, administration, and business/ industry partners.
  4. Community Service: this component allows all DCTS students to become well-rounded citizens by completing 20 hours of community service (five hours per year). The service aids our community, and can be included as valuable experience on a job resume.

The goal of the Career Portfolio is to produce well-prepared DCTS students who will pursue postsecondary and/or employment opportunities after graduation. Following the successful completion of the Career Portfolio, accumulating the required academic credits and Career and Technical Program credits, the student will have met all DCTS graduation requirements.

Career Portfolio Tasks/Artifacts and Sequence

GradeArtifactsStandardsContact Person
9th Complete the Interest Inventory Profiler and Personality Assessment within Naviance13.1.11G
Career Objectives Worksheet13.2.11E, 13.2.11FSchool Counselors / CTE Instructors
Add a “best works” with pictures/narrative to student’s Culminating Career Portfolio13.2.11 G, H, I, JCTE Instructors
Complete a “Year End Reflection” on Program of Study competencies13.2.11 G, H, I, JCTE Instructors
Select (3) Career Clusters to my list

* Road Trip Nation within Naviance

13.2.11 G, H, I, JEnglish 9
Understand the difference between Entrepreneurial vs. Traditional Employment13.4.11CTE Instructors
Explore Entrepreneurial Character Traits13.4.11Social Studies Teacher(s)
Community Service (@ 5 hours)

Access to X2Vol via Naviance and student uploads documentation and hours

13.3.11 D, FDr. Mosteller
10thCareer Objectives Worksheet13.2.11 D, ESchool Counselors / CTE Instructors
Resume (draft)13.2.11 B, C, D, EEnglish 10
Add a “Best Works” with pictures and narrative to Culminating Career Portfolio13.2.11 G, H, I, JCTE Instructor
Complete a “Year End Reflection” on Program of Study Competencies13.2.11 G, H, I, JCTE Instructor
Add colleges/universities to my personal list13.3.11 E, F, GSchool Counselor
Explore the Basic Business Plan Model13.4.11CTE Instructor
Job Shadow (optional)13.1.11DMrs. Custer/Co-op

CTE Instructor

Community Service (@ 5 hours)

Access to X2Vol via Naviance and student uploads documentation and hours

13.3.11FDr. Mosteller
Assessments completed (PSAT, SAT, ACT, NOCTI, ASVAB)13.1.11DSchool Counselor
 

11th

Career Objectives Worksheet13.2.11E, 13.2.11FCTE Instructors

School Counselor

Completed the necessary assessment(s) applicable to my College/Career Ready goals (PSAT, SAT, ACT,
Pre-NOCTI, ASVAB)
13.1.11DSchool Counselor
Visit or complete virtual tour of (1) post-secondary institution13.1.11D, 13.1.11ESchool Counselor, CTE, Co-op
Complete Advanced College Search and update College/ Career Ready plans13.1.11D, 13.2.11School Counselor
Complete a Job Application13.2.11 B, C, D, EEnglish 11
Complete Cover Letter13.2.11 B, C, D, EEnglish 11
Complete Business and Industry “Thank You” Letters13.2.11 B, C, D, EEnglish 11
Complete Resume13.2.11 B, C, D, EEnglish 11
Add a “Best Works” with pictures and narrative to Culminating Career Portfolio13.2.11CTE Instructor
Participated in Business and Industry Interview (Junior Mock Interview)13.2.11F?? Co-Op and/or Career Outreach Counselor
Complete a “Year End Reflection” on Program of Study Competencies13.2.11 G, H, I, JCTE Instructor
Develop plans for my senior year transition activities (Co-Op, Internship, Dual Enrollment Courses,
etc.)
13.1.11DSchool Counselor / Co-Op

CTE Instructor

Explore the (4) Corporate Entrepreneurial Models13.4.11CTE Instructor
Conceptual Business Plan Design13.4.11CTE Instructor
Job Shadow (optional)13.1.11DCo-op
Community Service (@ 5 hours)

Access to X2Vol via Naviance and student uploads documentation and hours

13.3.11FDr. Mosteller
 

*A minimum of 8 career artifacts is required to be submitted to PDE to meet Career Readiness
initiative for the 9-11 grade span.

 

 

12th

Career Objectives Worksheet13.2.11E, 13.2.11FSchool Counselor / CTE Instructors
Finalized College /Career Ready Plan13.2.11 G, H, I, JSchool Counselor
Complete a virtual/in-person tour of one post-secondary program13.1.11School Counselor
Submitted final draft of Resume13.2.11 G, H, I, JEnglish 12
Submitted final draft of Cover Letter13.2.11 G, H, I, JEnglish 12
Submitted final draft of References13.2.11 G, H, I, JEnglish 12
Completed College/Career Ready (postsecondary) Action Plan13.2.11 G, H, I, JEnglish 12
Complete Senior Survey????
Senior Exit Survey13.2.11 G, H, I, J????
Complete NOCTI ExamCo-Op / CTE Instructor
Job shadow (optional)13.1.11DCo-Op
Complete the “Year End Reflection” on Program of Study Competencies13.2.11 G, H, I, JCTE Instructor
Add a “Best Works” with pictures and narrative to Culminating Career Portfolio13.2.11CTE Instructor
Community Service (@ 5 hours)

Access to X2Vol via Naviance and student uploads documentation and hours

13.3.11FDr. Mosteller
 

*Students are to complete all course-embedded artifacts of the Career Portfolio for the years
enrolled at DCTS for Graduation.