Career Exploration

  • Course Number/Title: STW 110- Career Exploration      

    Credit: 1/2              

    Department: Business

    Teacher: Keith Collins               

    Prerequisites: None      

    Course Description: The objective of this course is to give the student an overall picture of what career options, and their respective educational paths, that are available to them now and in the future.  We start this by giving a series of assessment and interest inventories to the students in order to find out possible career interests. 

    Essential Questions: What are factors that influence career decisions? How does a person determine which career one chooses to go into? What are essential education paths needed to pursue one chosen career?

     Units of study (with corresponding Common Tasks, GEs, Power Standards and/or National Standards that will be assessed):

    1. Interest Inventories (Career Development Standards, I-Self Awareness, A Levels 1-4)
    2. Values Assessment (CDS, I-Self Awareness, B Levels 1-4)
    3. Career Strategies (CDS, IV-Career Strategy, A Self-Assessment and Career Research, Levels 1-4)
    4. Career Exploration (CDS, II-Career Research, A Levels 1-4)
    5. Research post-secondary educational opportunities (CDS, VI Lifelong Learning, Levels 1-3)
    6. Workplace Expectations (CDS III-Workplace Expectations A,B,C,D, all levels.


    21st Century Learning Expectations Addressed: Problem Solving, Flexibility and Adaptability, Productivity Initiative Self-Direction, Cross Cultural Skills

    Texts and/or materials:

    South-Western Discovering Your Career

    GEs, Power Standards and/or National Standards Addressed:

    National Standards for Business Education (NBEA)

    Course Assessments (including Common Tasks) and Grading Policy (including a listing of the rubrics used to assess the Common Tasks):

    Grades are based on projects done in class that relate to each student’s knowledge on different aspects of Career Exploration. Different projects have different point totals relative to the length of each project.


    Common Core Standards:

    CC:RI.9-12.1, CC:RI.9-12.2, CC:RI.9-12.8, CC: W. 9-12. 1, CC: W. 9-12.2,     CC:W.9-12.4, CC:W.9-12.5, CC: W. 9-12. 7, CC: W. 9-12. 8, CC:W.9-12.9,     CC:W.9-12.10, CC:L. 9-12. 4,  CC:L. 9-12. 5, CC:L. 9-12, CC: SL. 9-12. 4


    Career Exploration Course Expectations:


            Class time: 1:47 -3:10 Monday, Thursday & Odd Wednesday (Room B103)

    • BE ON TIME! Your grade will suffer if you are late. three unexcused tardies will result in detention. I will have you get an excuse note if you are late.
    • Everybody is treated with respect. There is to be no swearing in class. Everyone gets listened to. People are free to speak up but be considerate of fellow students talking in class.
    • The MUHS dress code will be enforced in class. Please keep all cellphones out of site.
    • Drinks are permitted in the classroom but not in the computer lab or when you are working on the computers. Being late for class due to being in the foodline is not an excuse to being late.
    • Feel free to ask questions at any time. Not knowing something is not an excuse.
    • At the beginning everyone can sit where they would like. I may change this if there are problems.
    • Late work will be accepted but at a loss of some of the credit. Once an assignment is two weeks late you will be given a failing grade for the assignment.  I will give everyone plenty of class time to get most things done but some work may need to be done as homework. Let me know if there are problems!
    • We will use technology with this course. Do not worry if you need to learn some of these skills. We will make time to learn them. Students’ helping other students is strongly encouraged. When we start using technology, we will follow MUHS’s acceptable use policy.
    • Class participation is 10% of your grade so SPEAK UP. Do not be surprised when I call on you. We will be doing class presentations, please see me when and if presenting is a problem for you.
    • Cheating and plagiarism will be explained and NOT tolerated. Assignments involving either cheating and/or plagiarism will be given an automatic F. Phone #382-1104. Email: