Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion de­buts new Ca­reer Ready Diploma Seal

Calhoun Times - - GORDONLIFE -

The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is of­fer­ing a new Ca­reer Ready Diploma Seal – an ad­di­tional recog­ni­tion, lay­ered onto the reg­u­lar high school diploma, for stu­dents with ex­cep­tional ac­com­plish­ments in ac­tiv­i­ties, cour­ses, and ex­pe­ri­ences that foster ca­reer readi­ness.

En­dorsed by the Ge­or­gia Cham­ber, the Metro At­lanta Cham­ber, Ge­or­gia Power, the Ge­or­gia As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­u­fac­tur­ers and other busi­ness/ in­dus­try part­ners, the seal serves as a sig­nal to em­ploy­ers that a stu­dent is pre­pared to par­tic­i­pate in the work­force. The Ca­reer Ready Diploma Seal will be avail­able for the first time to 2019 grad­u­ates of Ge­or­gia’s pub­lic high schools.

The Ca­reer Ready Diploma Seal is one of five seals that can be lay­ered onto the reg­u­lar high school diploma; seals are also avail­able in Civic En­gage­ment, Fine Arts, Bilit­er­acy, and In­ter­na­tional Skills.

“As ed­u­ca­tional lead­ers, ‘ col­lege ready’ can­not be our only fo­cus,” State School Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard Woods said. “Ca­reer ed­u­ca­tion is es­sen­tial, too – for ev­ery stu­dent. Our new Ca­reer Ready Diploma Seal will rec­og­nize stu­dents who– for ex­am­ple – have com­pleted Ca­reer Path­ways or soft skills training; who have gained in­dus­tryrec­og­nized cre­den­tials or par­tic­i­pated in work- based learn­ing. It will be a sig­nal to their fu­ture em­ploy­ers that they are ready to par­tic­i­pate in the work­force. This is part of a broader ef­fort to rec­og­nize stu­dents with skills that go above and beyond tra­di­tional aca­demics, stu­dents who have truly shown they are ready for life.”

Chris Clark, Pres­i­dent & CEO of the Ge­or­gia Cham­ber of Com­merce, said:

“Cre­at­ing in­no­va­tive part­ner­ships and so­lu­tions to meet the ever- changing work­force de­mands are the high­est pri­or­ity for the Ge­or­gia Cham­ber and busi­ness com­mu­nity. Em­bed­ding work- based training and soft skills de­vel­op­ment into aca­demic in­struc­tion are vi­tal in our con­tin­ued ef­forts to de­velop the next gen­er­a­tion of tal­ent. Through the es­tab­lish­ment of the Ca­reer Ready Diploma Seal we can bet­ter pre­pare Ge­or­gians for jobs of the fu­ture. We ap­plaud this dy­namic new ini­tia­tive.”

Six ver­sions of the seal are avail­able, each tai­lored to spe­cific ca­reer­re­lated ex­pe­ri­ences and ac­com­plish­ments:

Em­ploy­a­bil­ity/ Soft Skills Seal

Dis­tin­guished Em­ploy­a­bil­ity/ Soft Skills Seal Path­way Skills Seal Dis­tin­guished Path­way Skills Seal Lead­er­ship Skills Seal Dis­tin­guished Lead­er­ship Skills Seal

The Ca­reer Ready Diploma Seal is en­dorsed by the fol­low­ing busi­ness/ in­dus­try part­ners: Ge­or­gia Cham­ber; Metro At­lanta Cham­ber; Ge­or­gia Power; Ge­or­gia As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­u­fac­tur­ers; As­so­ci­ated Gen­eral Contractors of Ge­or­gia; Amer­i­can Sub­con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion – Ge­or­gia Chap­ter; Ma­sonry As­so­ci­a­tion of Ge­or­gia; In­de­pen­dent Elec­tri­cal Contractors, Inc.; At­lanta Elec­tri­cal Contractors As­so­ci­a­tion; Ge­or­gia Apart­ment As­so­ci­a­tion Foun­da­tion; Con­di­tioned Air As­so­ci­a­tion of Ge­or­gia, Inc.; Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Em­ploy­ers Round­table; Sheet Metal Air Con­di­tion­ing Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion – Ge­or­gia.

School dis­tricts in­ter­ested in of­fer­ing the Ca­reer Ready Diploma Seal can con­tact Dawn Mann, GaDOE School Coun­sel­ing Pro­gram Man­ager, at dmann@ doe. k12. ga. us.

The Ca­reer Ready Diploma Seal is part of the Ed­u­cat­ing Ge­or­gia’s Fu­ture Work­force ini­tia­tive, which is aimed at in­creas­ing the state’s fo­cus on ca­reer ed­u­ca­tion and ex­pand­ing part­ner­ships with the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

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