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The mission of the Greater Clark County Schools College and Career Readiness Initiative is that every student in our schools will graduate prepared for and accepted to a post-secondary opportunity.

That means more than just going to college.

A post-secondary opportunity is defined as attending a four-year school, a two-year school, an apprenticeship, the military or a full-time job in the workforce.


Partner with us!

Our partnerships are what makes our College and Career Readiness Initiative a success. We will work with you to find the best kind of partnership, so that it will be beneficial to all.

More than 375 businesses have joined in our mission to provide students and teachers with real world experiences. Will you join as well? Email Julie Straight for more details at

Partnership Opportunities

A student spends two to four hours, on a one-time basis, with an employee or series of employees, observing the various aspects of a specific job.  The intent is for students to see what the job really involves as well as to observe how their schoolwork connects to the world of work.

Job shadowing takes a student out of the classroom and puts them in the workplace for a glimpse into that career.

These short experiences allow a student to follow or “shadow” an employee at one of our many GCCS local business partners. Experiences like these are extremely valuable for our students as they show where a career path can lead and help students make well-informed decisions about their education.

An unpaid, supervised work-based learning experience which links an 11th or 12th grade student with an employer for a planned set of activities often designed to give the student a broad overview of a business or occupational career pathway.  (May be short-term:  18 weeks)

A school-supervised and structured 15 hour/week paid work experience during their 12th grade year arranged by the school and the employer to lead to an occupational goal.  This experience is for the entire school year and includes a training agreement and a training plan, which couples the classroom learning with the workplace experience.

A mentor is described as a trusted and experienced advisor who has personal and direct interest in the development and/or education of younger and less experienced individuals.  Mentorships are usually formed as the result of a job shadow or an out-of-school internship.

Students visit the workplace as a group to see the business operations in action and tie this to their career pathway.

Professionals/employees share information about their jobs including responsibilities, requirements, employer expectations, and ways classroom learning connects to their chosen career path. These presentations can be made to individual classes or at Career Fairs.

Partners serve as advisors or invited guests for a senior project/presentation. Students benefit greatly from this real-world input.

A partner shares a workplace problem with a teacher and class, and supports the project-based learning process.

As technology changes, it is important that schools teach the subjects and skills that businesses actually use.  Through an externship, teachers experience the business world firsthand as they work in a business for 1-2 weeks during school vacations and then incorporate their learning into their lesson plans and curriculum to make learning relevant.

GCCS College and Career Readiness Advisory members meet quarterly for the purpose of curriculum/subject area planning, resource development, and consultation.

Students who earn The Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate will have gained employer-recognized employability skills and have demonstrated career readiness, as well as academic readiness standards.  These students will have consistently demonstrated Persistence, Respectfulness, Initiative, Dependability, and Efficiency.  Businesses partnering with GCCS to support the implementation and acceptance of the Work Ethic Certificate will commit their support to this program and to the students earning the certificate.

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