Industry certifications enable students to receive the skills that will earn them a high-paying, in-demand job when they graduate from high school, whether it be in manufacturing, finance, technology, culinary arts, health care or another field.
Because they offer hands-on training in a specific field and require students to pass an exam at the end of the course, certifications show prospective employers that the student has the necessary knowledge to begin working in their field.
However, according to this Edutopia article, there are a few actions that teachers and administrators should focus on to ensure students are prepared for careers in their industry of choice.
Initially, it is important for teachers and administrators to analyze the current labor market. This will help to determine what courses might be most beneficial to offer students who are planning to enter the workforce upon graduation from high school. From there, it is important that they collaborate with their district or state to implement these courses.
Once the courses are available, it is critical that students are excited about the course offerings and understand their benefits. To achieve this, it can be beneficial to invite speakers from the community to talk to the class about their career fields. This can also help students make direct connections to the workforce, which will benefit them when they are seeking a job.
Finally, it is important to incorporate the skills and standards from industry certification tests into regular coursework as well. This could be done by familiarizing students with industry-related vocabulary and making sure students can connect concepts with hands-on activities.
To prepare students for the workforce of today, it is more important than ever to offer certifications as well as career and technical education courses to ensure students have the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful.
Read the full article here: How to Prepare Students for the Workplace Through Certifications.
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