The Office of College and Career Success is dedicated to helping students graduate from Marion City Schools with the skills needed to be successful. Our goal is to help them graduate with a Diploma Plus, the plus being admission into a two- or four-year college or university, an apprenticeship or training program, the military, or a high-demand job.
Marion City Schools is partnering with EdWorks, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, to determine what career pathways best fit the Marion area. Three pathways identified are: Arts, business and communication; automation, manufacturing and engineering; and health and public service. A design team made up of educators and community representatives is meeting regularly to best determine how to align education to these pathways.
Efforts also include developing an early college high school model that will help students take advantage of opportunities like College Credit Plus to earn an associate's degree before they leave high school.
The work follows recommendations made by the Council of Chief State School Officers, which in its report Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students urgently called on educators to respond to the need for a more highly-educated and skilled workforce.
The council suggests enlisting the employer community as lead partners, raising the bar for the quality of career preparation programs, and making career preparation matter to schools and students. That work is underway at Marion City Schools.