School Counselors

Idaho has partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship system to manage all of its apprenticeship programs.

Idaho's Career Information System focuses on activities that help students plan and prepare for today's occupations and careers, including:
  • Career exploration, awareness and decision making
  • Applied academics and coursework in real-world context
  • Up-to-date technology skill training in the classroom and work setting
  • High school, post high school education and training opportunities and options leading to the successful obtainment of occupational and career goals, including life-long education, training, and employment opportunities.

While academics are certainly key to a student's future career plans, the majority of available employment opportunities require post high school education and training, but not necessarily four to five year college degree. Many high-skill, high-wage, good benefit positions require those individuals who posses:

  • Good core academics and high quality technical skill training.
  • Good work ethics, such as reliable attendance, quality work and responsibility.

While a large number of students begin the four to five year degree program, only 20 percent or less actually finish. Those who complete may find it difficult to find degree related employment due to lack of experience. It is clear that the most successful means of career training combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training.

School to Registered Apprenticeship Program:

  • Provides high school and post high school program activities that combine career and occupational classroom instruction with paid on-the-job training.
  • As an extension of the federal Apprenticeship Program, it is highly structured and formalized. Instructional curriculum and job site training plans are developed by the employer and high school and post high school technical instructional staff who provide detailed information regarding tasks to be learned and the number of hours to be spent on each task.
  • Invites and encourages all interested students to apply regardless of academic performance, work experience or financial means. Students only need to complete each activity in the program "Selection Process" to get interviews with sponsoring employers.
  • Works with employers who provide student apprentices, upon graduation, guaranteed full time employment, including benefits and guaranteed wage increases.
  • Requires student participants to continue classroom instruction at a local community college with the employer paying a portion or all of the tuition and fees.
  • Provides training for over 800 careers and occupations, requiring anywhere from two to five years to complete, where upon the student receives a Certificate of Completion from the U.S. Department of Labor. These credentials identify an individual as highly skilled and are recognized by industry professionals nation wide.

High school instructors and counselors can present this program as one of the best post high school options available to students today.

»  Idaho Career Information System


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