Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University
*This is part 5 of 9 from The Urban Difference: Report 2018
Career Readiness for Alabama Students
College and career guidance programs assist students and their parents in making informed and wiser educational and career decisions.
The Alabama State Department of Education has a mission to make “all students career and college ready.” Career planning motivates students to graduate from high school and to pursue college or vocational training that will prepare them to be productive members of society. It also assists students to identify their interests and to find occupations they enjoy. Programs like Career Countdown are vital to making Alabama’s youth career and college ready.
In 2018, 1,071 urban youth completed the Career Countdown program that explored career interests but also allowed students to simulate living on their own while working in a chosen career. Following program completion:
- 653 (61%) teens explored new career opportunities.
- 364 (34%) teens increased their average study time from 2 to 4 hours.
- 332 (31%) teens enrolled in standardized testing preparatory courses because of a renewed interest to expand educational goals.
- 728 (68%) teens applied for post-secondary education institutions.
Part 1 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, From the Administrators
Part 2 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Urban 4-H Youth Development & Volunteerism
Part 3 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Animal Science & Forages
Part 4 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Consumer Sciences & Personal Financial Management
Part 5 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Economic and Community Development
Part 6 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Family & Child Development
Part 7 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Forestry, Wildlife, & Natural Resources
Part 8 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Home Grounds, Gardens & Home Pests
Part 9 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Human Nutrition, Diet & Health
Download the complete pdf file publication: UPN-2155 The Urban Difference: Report 2018