Career Exploration in the Elementary Grades

The Georgia Deparrtment of Education Career Cluster Awareness HB 713 mandates a minimum course of study in career education in grades K-12.  The grade specific career awareness activities listed as an indicator on the College and Career Ready Performance Index have been developed to assist students with career awareness.  Elementary counselors will play a part in making successful transitions into satisfying college and career ready options.  The DOE developed 17 elementary career clusters with activities to go with them for the implementation of the CCRPI appropriate for the career development indices.  All career cluster lesson/activities in elementary school are grade / age-appropriate and will be taught during the social studies.

Today's technology advances and global competition have changed the way we work.  Careers of the future will require a higher level of knowledge and the ability to do something with that knowledge.  The hope is that beginning in 1st grade, students will begin to understand the necessity of preparing themselves to earn a living in the future and to be productive citizens in society.  Career Awareness lessons will be taught during 2-3 classroom guidance times.

             Clusters-  The following are categories in which jobs fall under:

  1st grade:   1) Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources  2) Transportation, Distribution and Logistics  

                       3)  Law, Public Safety and Security

  2nd grade: 1) Arts, A/V Technology and Communications  2)  Health Science  3)  Education and Training

  3rd grade:  1) Hospitality and Tourism   2)  Human Services   3)  Energy

  4th grade:  1) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)  2)  Manufacture 3)  Business

                         Administration  4)  Architecture and Construction 

  5th grade:  1) Finance  2)  Information Technology  3)  Marketing   4)  Government and Public

                         Administration

      ****5th graders will also be required to choose a career that is of interest to them, along with  an essay and  power point or brochure/ pamphlet for their career project.  The Career  Project is a 5th Grade requirement for the CCRPI Career Portfolio and will be graded.