Career Quest Class is an innovative year-long required class for eighth grade students to identify and evaluate life and work choices while planning realistic career goals. The course is team taught by business systems, family and consumer sciences, and technology education. Students enrolled in Career Quest participate in "hands on" activities from a variety of career clusters in an effort to assist them in focusing on occupations that best match their individual interests, aptitude and abilities. Throughout the year, students become involved in six unique units developing these skills required in the workplace:
The School Counseling Department utilizes the Career Quest class to complete some of their curricular requirements with the students. Counselors participate in the class as they introduce and assist students in completing their personal learning plan and ninth grade registration materials. Concepts introduced by the counselors are reinforced by the Career Quest teachers and, therefore, the work of the School Counseling Department is seen by the students as integrating into their entire educational experience.
Another aspect of the class is the completion of a career portfolio.These portfolios are passed on to the Marshfield High School LMC and updated by all student as part of their tenth grade communication arts requirements.Students receive his/her portfolio to keep prior to high school graduation.
The goal of the Career Quest team of teachers and counselors is to introduce students to a wide range of career options but not to have students select the occupation of their future.Throughout the year, while students participate in various activities, they will frequently recognize career students an opportunity to think about their future and understand how their academic classes prepare them for occupations.