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Career Prep Certificate

New Certificate Program for Missouri High School Seniors

The Missouri General Assembly passed legislation (L. 2006 S.B. 894) which charged the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop a program that enables high schools to endorse a certificate for students who meet certain standards that demonstrate that the students are "ready to work." The program is designed to be voluntary in nature and for high school seniors that choose to participate.

In developing the program, the Department established a statewide advisory committee comprised of representatives from employers, chambers of commerce, local workforce service providers, school administrators, postsecondary education, counselors, and students. The group was charged with developing the following program components:

  • Academic
  • Work readiness
  • Assessment tools and techniques for a third-party, independent, and objectives assessment and endorsement of individual student achievement through an existing workforce investment service delivery system
  • An easily identifiable guarantee to potential employers that the entry-level employee is ready to work

The group met monthly to develop the program components, utilizing Web conferencing technology for five of the meetings. A number of additional guests participated in meetings by presenting and lending their expertise to planning efforts. Representatives from ACT and the National Work Readiness Council also participated and provided insight to the promotion and development of their national certificates.

The planning guide serves as a framework for communities, large or small, to design a program that meets the needs of their employers.

For more information, contact Steve Coffman at (573) 751-7563 or e-mail at [email protected].