• IJA: Career Advising


    The Board views career advising as helping students understand themselves relative to their abilities, aptitudes, interests, attitudes, strengths, and limitations. The District aims to assist students in developing their potential and decisions relating to careers, including furthering their education.

    This policy is reviewed biennially by the Board and made available to students, parents and guardians, local postsecondary institutions, and residents of the District. In addition, the District posts this policy on the District website.

    The District will do all of the following:

    • Provide students with grade-level examples linking schoolwork to one or more career field(s) through the use of the State Board adopted career connections
    • Create a plan to provide career advising to students in grades 6 through 12
    • Provide additional interventions and career advising for students identified as at risk of dropping out of school using both research-based and locally-based methods developed with input from classroom teachers and school counselors
    • Train employees on advising students on career pathways, including the use of online tools
    • Develop multiple, clear academic pathways students can use to earn a high school diploma
    • Identify and publicize courses in which students can earn both traditional academic and career-technical credit
    • Document career advising provided to each student
    • Prepare students for their transition from high school to their postsecondary destinations

    Student Success Plans

    Schools develop student success plans (SSP) for students identified as at risk of dropping out of school. An SSP identifies the student’s chosen academic pathway to graduation and the role of career-technical, competency-based education, and experiential learning as appropriate in that chosen pathway. The school invites the student’s parents or guardians to develop the SSP. The school provides a copy of the SSP, a statement regarding the importance of a high school diploma, and the academic pathways available to the student for successful graduation to parents and guardians who do not participate in developing the student’s SSP. Following SSP development, the District offers career advising aligned with the student’s plan and the District’s plan for career advising.

    Counseling Program

    The Board views a school counseling program as helping students understand their abilities, aptitudes, interest, attitudes, strengths, and limitations. This process aims to assist students in developing their potential and their decisions relating to personal, educational, and vocational matters.

    The following broad fundamental principles inform school counseling:

    • Individuals are different in their capabilities, aptitudes, interests, needs, goals, desires, and values.
    • Conditions are improvable. Equality of educational opportunity benefits the individual and society.
    • Advising is a continual and developmental process. Every experience influences individuals in some way.
    • Advising does not propose to program an individual’s course of action but instead tries to assist the individual in arriving at their satisfactory solutions.
    • Advising should assist the individual in understanding their circumstances and opportunities and satisfactorily plan their life to serve themselves and society.

    Career-Technical Education

    The schools should provide education pertinent to the practical aspects of life and prepare students to transition from the school setting to the world of work. Therefore, the Board supports career-technical education in the curriculum.

    The Board charges the District to implement the career-technical education program in the schools.

    Career-technical education is available as an integral part of the curriculum at the secondary level. Career-technical education develops character, attitudes, and skills as a core component of comprehensive education. In addition, the District provides guidance and counseling services to each student throughout their program.

    The District establishes educational programs offered to secondary school students following State law and the Ohio Administrative Code. These programs meet the changing needs of the global, high-tech workforce.

    Fees may be charged to students, as established by the Board, to pay for materials they use in these courses and programs.


    • Adopted: September 22, 2015
    • Amended: March 29, 2022

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