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Consumer Education

This course brings the real world of consumer economics into the classroom.  We will learn about budgeting, housing, insurance, transportation, the global economy, stock markets and more.  At the end of the school year, we will have expanded our knowledge in five different areas: What is a consumer; Rational Buying Decisions; Decision Making; Rights and Responsibilities; and Financial Decisions.

Work Experience Program

This program is tailored to provide individual students with a unique experience that may include: Understanding career fields/clusters/pathways; completion of job applications (vocabulary and appearance); resume writing; job shadowing experiences; mock interviews (vocabulary needed for entering the world of work); and  will learn to use the Workforce Center internet job search.  Students participate in activities to assist them in learning what work interests are (expressed, demonstrated and manifest); learn what values are; learn what skills and abilities are; and identify personal interests, values and skills/abilities.  Problem solving skills, decision making skills, teamwork, self-advocacy regarding accommodations and requesting an interpreter, and understanding employment laws (ADA, Child Labor Laws) are additional skills taught.  They will learn job responsibilities and be able to identify work skills and behaviors that need improvement in order to reach their employment goal.  The end result of this course includes a portfolio including an interest inventory result sheet related to career fields, a note sheet to complete applications, two forms of ID, a list of skills or behaviors that need improvement, a list of accommodations that might be needed for success, a work study goal sheet and a job site goal sheet.


Students are given a variety of career-related assessments to help them become aware of their career preferences.  Data from these assessments will assist students in creating a “self-study” from which they can begin to develop education and career goals. Course content will integrate the development of student’s competency in business writing, as well as, the Skills for Success (communication, learning, interpersonal, technology, and critical thinking).  Students will also be required to prepare for and participate in the employment interview process.

In addition, students begin the process of developing a physical and/or electronic portfolio, refining and managing the contents throughout the program. Teachers will continuously review and assist in the development of the portfolio as part of individual course and end of program assessments. Toward the end of this course, students will review their post-secondary plans and portfolio.