College/Career Research Development (CCRD)

The College/Career Research Development program consists of three courses: College/Career Research Development, College/Career Seminar and Site Based Work Experience. Below is a description of each:

College/Career Research Development (CCRD)

Students in College/Career Research Development will learn self-awareness, complete career exploration activities, and set academic and career related goals. As a result of taking this course students will:

  • identify and apply the standards in Maryland’s career development framework
  • participate in the career exploration process by assessing their interests and abilities
  • explore and research the world of work, identifying career pathways that are of interest to them
  • demonstrate job seeking skills such as resume writing and interviewing
  • develop and practice workplace readiness skills (Skills For Success)
  • learn the process for setting and achieving personal and professional goals
  • demonstrate proficiency in workplace readiness skills by refining and upgrading portfolio materials

College/Career Seminar (CCS)

Taken concurrently with Site-Based Work Experience, students will enhance their job experience by applying skills learned in class to part-time jobs. Students will integrate the development of student’s competency in business communication, etiquette, interpersonal skills, technology, and critical thinking. In addition, students will be introduced to basic concepts of financial literacy to help them manage their personal finances. As a result of taking this course, students will:

  • Use the selected decision-making process/model to update and modify their post-secondary plan.
  • Use various decision making techniques to handle conflict and difficulties on the job.
  • Learn various methods of business communication (speaking, writing, reading, listening) to improve communication at the workplace.
  • Develop workplace and business interpersonal skills including etiquette, diversity, teamwork and leadership.
  • Identify the ways to properly terminate employment, accept critisim on the job and ask for a raise.
  • Develop skills to manage personal finances including budgeting, credit, investing, banking, living on their own and being a responsible consumer.

Site-Based Work Experience (SBWE)

Taken concurrently with CC Seminar, students will be expected to work a part-time job where they will complete a minimum of 135 hours a semester (an average of 7.5 hours per week). SBWE students are enrolled in double period SBWE which would allow them to leave after 6th period each school day.