Career Center

A high school career center is the perfect venue to distribute materials related to employment opportunities, college information and career exploration. All three categories blend together. The counseling department of the school often has a selection of these documents for distribution. Universities often target this office for multiple catalogs and posters. In large schools or schools with multiple buildings, a career center can be a central location used to distribute information without overcrowding the counselor's work space.

Consider a location in your school which students can openly visit.

The teacher of a coop work-based learning program is the perfect individual with the content knowledge and practical application experience to create and manage a campus career center. On several accounts, this type of teacher excels in this programming

First - Employment - The Coop Teacher, as most students refer to the instructor, is an excellent source of job leads. As the individual visits employment sites throughout the local area, paid-opportunities will certainly become apparent. Post a list of these locations and positions in a common location easy for students to access from the hallway.

Second - College / University Representative - Post-Secondary educational locations will gladly entertain your questions and send any admissions / degree related materials. Share with students how to enroll in college, what classes to select and how to choose a major.

Third - Career Information - Working directly with occupational curriculum expands the teacher's knowledge-base in many different fields of study, apprenticeships and certifications.

Lastly - Years of instruction in the field enables the vocational teacher to be well adept regarding employment placement and career exploration.

Classroom - Career Center
sample displays

This specific classroom seats 32 students with computer stations in the rear of the roo
The small bookshelf handles plenty of resume, interview and general employment books.  The wire rack is great for handouts.
This bookshelf contains study guides for the SAT, ACT and ASVAB.  College catalogs are also available for interested students.  Posters illustrating careers are great eye-cand.
College penndents / banners decorating the back of the classroom.  These may be obtained from the school's counseling office or by contacting colleges/universities
The room has a library bookshelf which categorizes one career cluster per shelf.  This makes finding career information easy to find.  *Nice way to reshelve books - numbered with a label 1-16 representing the different clusters
Add a magazine rack with plenty of student inspired selections
This area highlights opportunities in military service.  Recruiters can leave calendars, brochures and contact information.
This bookshelf contains specific company research and neat little books reagrding ethics / team-building situations
The college information table is topped with university posters and filled with community college information, financial aid help-sheets and scholarship applications.

Book Selection

To stock an entry career library, teachers can use several cost-effective options. Schools usually allow for a small initial start to any library. Ask your principal or department head for ideas. At the end of the year, funds may be available. Some school districts have a warehouse of common goods such as furniture, tables, shelving and - yes - even books. Communities and schools may also have grants available to educators. This is certainly worth investigating. Administrators are always willing to support motivated teachers.

Local city librarys may have a give away or donation section. This is true for books and magazines. If not for free, the items might be marked with a price too irrestistable to pass up. Every professional has a selection of choice books. After a careful book review, organize your library in a simple and logical fashion. With little effort, students should be able to locate books by subject. The materials in the career center should be available to student ease of use. Individuals can borrow items just like a regular school library. For this reason, a simple check out system will be beneficial. The magazines and books must be up-to-date and appealing to students.

Decor and Design

Write to colleges for posters, pennants, handouts and brochures. Locate the decor throughout the room in an organized fashion. Divide the tables by community college options, university choices and trade school materials. Military recruiters can also provide colorful and detailed magazines, calendars and posters. Each product of decor and design is meant to encourage student career exploration and excitement.