Project 2: Plugged In and Turned On
The eternal optimism of Newfoundlanders is truly amazing! At a time our history with a provinicial unemployment rate at approximately 20%, and with many post-secondary graduates unable to find employment in their specialties, high school students still get excited about their personal prospects in the World of Work.
The provision of current, relevant and accurate information to this tremendous human resource by the Guidance personnel of our high schools is crucial. Information related to the world of work is repidly changing. Printed material is often obsolete by the time it is received. Job market statistics change; Post-secondary programs are dropped/added; tution costs are altered. No Guidance department has printed resources available on the many thousands of occupatioal fields or post-secondary programs and institutions that are available to students. A better tool for accessing this information is available - the computerized information accessible via the Internet.
In addition to the rapidly-increasing number of web sites provided by post-secondary institutions world-wide, a wealth of information is available via the HRDC canworknet site which is extremely useful for individual decision-making and career planning. These services, along with those provided by other government agencies and the private sector, can greatly enhance the possibility of well-informed students making intelligent educational and career decisions.
Internet access will richly enhance the educational and career planning of high school students. The scope of informational opportunities will be presented and developed in Career Education and Co-operative Education classes. In addition, all Level II students will be introduced to the resource as a tool for personal career exploration and preparation for career decision-making.
Several curriculum objectives of the high school program are addressed by various components of this project.
The objectives of the Career Education program includes a strong component of career exploration and information gathering which are essential to responsible decision-making. The resources available through Internet access will be a tremendous asset to the attainment of these goals. Also, because of the wealth of information available, students will necessarily evaluate their interests, aptitudes and life-goals in th eprocess of guilding their exploration of career-related information.
Co-operative Education shares with Career Education the objective of the exploration of the World of Work and Exposure to current, accurate and relevant educational/professional and job-market information. The information available via this project would be a valuable addition to existing sources of information and experience.
The course objectives of the Computer Technology program includes the provision of exposure to and experience with the information resources available on the Internet. This project will clearly meet these and other objectives of this program.
In a broader sense, every high school curriculum area is represented by various web sites. Resource and reference material is available to the student for research papers, assignments, projects or to inform general interest. In an age of the technology of information, computer access is an important to today's student as books have been to past generations.
Access to the 'information highway' which meets the expextatins of this project requires computers and computer access to the Internet. This is not currently available at the Guidance Centre at this school, nor is it generally available to our students. A necessary component of this proposal is the provision of Internet access to the computers located in the Guidance Centre.
The provision of Internet access will open up the resources of HRD (Canworknet) to assist students in career exploration and decision-making. The Internet also provides program descriptions and entrance requirement iformation from a broad spectrum of post-secondary institutions. Web sites of various professional groups and sectors of industry contribute to the wealth of information available. This information will assist all participating students in meeting the goals of this project.
The scope of this project has both short-term and long-term objectives. Evaluation of long-term objectives will require an assessment of success and satisfaction related to career choice, one of the major goals of this project. This may be achieved with a follow-up survey at some future date, soliciting observations and responses from the participants.
While much of the evaluation of short-term objectives will occur informally, some of the short-term objectives may be evaluated in a number of ways: