Career Research and Development (CRD) is a CTE program that prepares students with the academic, technical and workplace skills necessary to seek further education and employment in a career field of their interest upon graduating high school. The overarching goals of CRD are to help students to:
The basis for being successful in the working world is to demonstrate, in a variety of ways, competency in the Skills for Success. These skills include:
Students participating in the Career Research and Development (CRD) Program have the unique opportunity to practice these skills through a supervised work-based learning experience, the portfolio development process, and in-class instruction as they focus on continuously improving their skills to move beyond high school into employment and further education.
The workplace component is a mentored, on-the-job, work experience with a written, personalized, work-based learning plan and a formal agreement between the student, school and employer. The goal of the WBL experience is to expose students to authentic employment opportunities that link to students’ career interests, LSS career clusters, and employment demand. Work-based learning placements will prepare students for employment that lead to a family-supporting wage. Students develop and maintain a career portfolio throughout the program documenting progress related to their work plan. The elements of the portfolio shall document academic, technical, employability and personal skill development. The program culminates with students presenting their final portfolio documenting personal growth, achievements and learning experiences from their program.