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Career Design Foundation

Create EDUCONOMY - Integrate our Education and our Economy! Develop a definite plan of action to help determine and connect students' skills, interests, personality and education to our current and future, local and national economy trends and workplace opportunities. Our ultimate goal is to help our youth find fulfilling career paths and employers to fill jobs!! Success for our youth, more than ever, requires guidance! We, at CDF are committed to helping them succeed in their worklife. Countless students unfortunately are graduating from college with: - Heavy student debt - No career focus - Major in an outdated field, one they don't fit, or with limited employment opportunities Employers are experiencing: - A skilled talent shortfall of 14 to 25 million workers - Approximately 75 percent of future available jobs will require higher skills, not necessarily a college degree - About 25 percent of available jobs will need lower skills: however, 64 million Americans will possess only low skills To address these critical issues, CDF members are writing a book combining in-depth research with a targeted outreach program. This new project will help students and their families begin to determine a meaningful purpose for their future worklife starting in junior high. The upcoming book, Creating Educonomy: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and REALITY, will provide information uniting students' educational experience with fulfilling economic career possibilities.
All - students, parents, teachers and industrial leaders need to know that we can help students determine the career area best for them to pursue both personally and for the welfare of our community! Must have a systematic career guidance program Post secondary success for all teens requires Academic and Career Maturity! Career Maturity enables a teen to develop and verify career goals that provide direction or a purpose for post - high school pursuits. This is a crucial element considering all alternatives for developing the skills for entry into the chosen field. Currently the majority of all teens and parents think there is only one alternative - a bachelors degree education. Today 85% chase 4 year degrees and 1/3 want graduate degrees all leading to a career in the professional field. Based on the following information, this should be considered carefully. - Occupation outlook for jobs requiring a 4 year degree is dismal. US Department of Labor projects 47 university level jobs for every 100 students. Teens need a Plan B. - ACT 2005 scores suggest that 20% of those taking college admission have adequate academic skills. However, 2/3 of students say they want the 4 year degree. Degrees in technology from community college are more applied and not as bookish as engineers degrees from a university. These students know how to do things that are relevant to the business with a hands on approach.