Middle school career studies should provide opportunities for career exploration, build self-awareness, learn about potential careers and develop a plan to reach future goals. It capitalizes on their developing abilities to think abstractly, and their preferences for teamwork and active learning through relevant real-life scenarios. These preferences make middle school a natural time for students to learn about careers and develop skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork through career exploration activities.
The Kentucky Academic Standards for Career Studies outline the minimum content standards Kentucky
students should learn within each grade-band. The standards address what is to be learned but do not direct
how learning experiences are to be designed or what resources should be used.
These courses provide opportunities to engage students with skills, knowledge and tasks of a career cluster. These are introductory and do not count toward pathway completion if a student continues in the program area.
CTE MIDDLE SCHOOL STANDARDS
The CTE Middle School Standards provide an overview of content for career and technical education offerings at the middle school level and support transition to the high school career and technical education pathways.
Agriculture Education Standards for Middle School
Family and Consumer
Sciences Education for Middle School
Kentucky Academic Standards
This collection of OPTIONAL tasks introduce students to the 16 Career Clusters and promote active learning by engaging them with career specific skills, knowledge and/or tasks of their choice.
Career Cluster Student Interest Survey
Student Reflection Sheets
INDIVIDUAL EXPLORATORY TASKS
Architecture and Construction
Arts, AV Technology and Communication
Business, Marketing and Finance
Education and Training
Government and Public Administration
Hospitality and Tourism
Law, Public Safety and Security
Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Career Exploration is for Elementary Students, too!
Children become aware of the world of careers as early as preschool. Even through simple life experiences, the world of work is all around us. We encourage teachers, advisers, counselors, and parents to use this resource as a fun way to introduce career choices, which should allow children to begin to form their own ideas about career roles. The coloring pages in this e-book are intended to be fun for children Pre-K to 3rd grade. Click this link to access the Career Exploration e-Coloring Book and download to print coloring pages.
Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition
Division of Student Transition and Career Readiness
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Fax (502) 564-4007