Creating a Profile of a Career Ready Graduate (Course # 22CR1207)

Date(s): 12/7/2022 
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

Registration open through 12/4/2022 11:59 PM EST


31 seats currently available.



The registration period has closed for this event.

Lunch is on your own.  It is not included. 

Course Description

Education develops plans of success for many different things when it comes to student achievement. It spends 13+ years preparing students to ultimately 'graduate high school.' Then what? How do we know that what we've done is successful? And what does 'success' mean? To many, it means we have successfully prepared them for a career and to be a 'productive member of society.' But, how do can we tell if they are actually career ready? And, what, by the way does that look like? If we haven't clarified this up front, how can we measure whether or not they've achieved it?

This session is intended to help administrators, counselors and classroom teachers alike start with the END in mind and work collaboratively to develop a process where they can explore what a career ready graduate should “look” like. Participants will work through the process steps. As traits are identified - first individually, then in groups and finally collectively – participants can come to a baseline consensus of what is needed to truly prepare their students for what’s next after graduation. Once these skills are identified, educators can then begin to work backwards in ensuring students receive them in a proper scope and sequence alongside their existing curriculums.

In order to gain the most out of this experience, registrants will ideally sign up for this Professional Development opportunity in teams with a minimum of at least one administrator, counselor and classroom teacher for each school/district participating. However, individual participants are definitely welcome to attend and will find value in the experience. Follow up training for those desiring it for an entire department, school or district is available upon request.


Eric Kelliher

Eric Kelliher, Career Readiness Consultant at Kent ISD, works with local educators to integrate career exploration, planning and thinking into instruction. From helping teachers integrate soft skills into lesson plans, to speaking to classrooms and at conferences, to running programs like Teachers in Industry, Classroom to Careers and others, Eric seeks to make career thinking an integral part of the learning experience. His prior experience includes 6 years in the classroom teaching Language Arts and Physical Education, 4 years as a K-12 Technology trainer, 3 years in Higher Education, and several years in the corporate world, first in Banking, later as a Leadership Development trainer at Meijer’s corporate headquarters.

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Course Cost

There is no charge to attend.

Credit Information

Course: Hours - 3


*Also available as School Counselor - Career Exploration SCECHs- 3


Kent ISD/ESC Building, LOT #11

2930 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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