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P1. To provide students with relevant information about and experiences in in-demand industry sectors and pre-apprenticeship programs that lead to successful careers in the civilian sector or the armed forces, economic self-sufficiency, and opportunities for career advancement.

P2. To assist students in setting short-, mid- and long-term goals that will lead to viable career paths that begin with occupations with opportunities for advancement, an apprenticeship, an Advanced Training program, military service, and/or postsecondary education.

P3. To assist students in choosing academic pathways and career technical training programs that are closely aligned with the needs of their individualized career paths described above and are suited to the student’s interests, capabilities, and career goals.​

P4. To suport students’ achievement of their career goals by assisting them to develop career plans that will be used to:

​• Set career goals

• Monitor progress toward goal achievement

• Identify career development and transitional needs and actions to prepare for post-center success




R1. Career Exploration

Centers must:

a. Provide all new students with a variety of career exploration and planning activities designed to provide information and practical experiences that assist students in understanding various factors to consider when making a career choice and setting career goals.

b. Assist each new student in exploring career pathway options using the My Pathway to Achieving Career Excellence (MyPACE) lessons and web-based tool to:

1. Learn about his/her skills, values, work styles, and aptitudes

2. Assess his/her career interests

3. Use regional Labor Market Information (LMI) to explore, identify, and assess potential career opportunities and career training pathway options

4. Investigate training and credentialing requirements for occupations of interest

5. Explore employment potential in the communities where the student may seek employment 

6. Identify opportunities for career advancement and sources for post-center continuation of training/educational preparation 

c. Provide an explanation of the options for placement or additional training available to each student, including:

1. Entry-level ​job placement in an in-demand industry sector on the pathway to a student’s ultimate career

2. Entry into an apprenticeship program

3. Participation in advanced training 

4. Enlistment in the armed services to pursue a career in the military

5. Enrollment in postsecondary education

d. Provide an overview of center career technical offerings that align with a student’s individual career goals documented in his or her MyPACE Career Plan and must include:

1. Wages

2. Working conditions, including physical requirements

3. Required technical training and academic proficiency requirements for the career and industry 

4. Advancement potential

5. Related career technical offerings, postsecondary training, and related careers in the industry

6. Industry-recognized certifications and credential requirements

7. Employment outlook, LMI, and available placement services offered in the geographical areas to which the student is likely to return

8. Practice of general safety

9. Use of hand tools

10. Equipment safety

e. Provide work-based learning experiences (see Appendix 308​), such as:

1. Structured hands-on experience for each career technical area in which the student expresses an interest; no hands-on experience with power tools or moving equipment will be allowed except under the direct supervision of the instructor

2. Workplace tours, employer presentations, and job shadowing to help students refine their career objectives and focus on a specific career technical area

f. Provide goal-setting activities and career counseling using the MyPACE career planning system to assist students in making informed choices on career technical areas to consider

g. Arrange a visit to the nearest One-Stop Career Center/American Job Center to acquaint students with career exploration, training, job placement, and other services and resources available to them; if a One-Stop/American Job Center is not available in the vicinity, centers must provide opportunities for students to access a virtual One-Stop/American Job Center via the Internet

R2. My Pathway to Achieving Career Excellence Career Plan

a. Centers must collaborate with each student to initiate a MyPACE Career Plan that must document the student’s personal career goals, training needs, challenges, and progress and accomplishments throughout enrollment and the post-center Career Transition Period.

At a minimum, the MyPACE Career Plan must include:

1. Student long-term career goal (the ultimate career that the student will progress toward)

2. Mid-term career pathway placement goals (immediate next steps upon Job Corps completion to support career progression), including one of the following:

(a) Entry-level job placement in an in-demand industry sector on the pathway to the student’s ultimate career

(b) Entry into an apprenticeship program

(c) Participation in one of Job Corps' Advanced Training (AT) programs 

(d) Enlistment in the armed services to pursue a career in the military

(e) Enrollment in postsecondary education

3. Student short-term specific, measurable, attainable, recorded, and time-bound (SMART) goals

4. Desired geographic residence/work location

5. Student interests, aptitudes, values, work styles, and career technical preferences and choices

6. Details regarding a student's prior employment, including:

(a) employer

(b) location

(c) job title

(d) ending wage

​Centers must verify the accuracy of this information. 

7. Student training needs to achieve career goals

(a) Academic

(b) Career technical training

(c) Career Success Standards

(d) Job search skills

(e) Information technology (IT) skills

(f) Driver's education and license

8. Progress/accomplishments/achievements

9. Career transition needs/challenges/strategies

(a) Housing

(b) Transportation

(c) Child care

(d) Health care

(e) Work clothing and tools

(f) Food and nutrition

(g) Budgeting/money management

(h) Counseling/mentoring

(i) Job retention skills 

(j) Legal services

(k) Application for federal funding for advanced education, as appropriate

b. During the Career Preparation Period, staff will assist students in identifying initial career goals and developing personalized strategies to reach those goals through:

1. An individualized schedule of appropriate academic, career technical training, and evening/weekend studies

2. Exposure, practice, and experiences to meet the Career Success Standards

3. Personal and career counseling to develop appropriate strategies and identify resources to address issues

c. Students must update their MyPACE Career Plan by completing the accompanying curriculum. Once the MyPACE Career Plan is complete, students must be assigned the appropriate Pathway Achievement Record (PAR) that matches their mid-term goal.  Students must update their PARs on an ongoing basis, in cooperation with appropriate staff, no less frequently than at each student’s regularly scheduled evaluation of student progress.

d. Each student’s completed MyPACE Career Plan and PAR must be uploaded to the appropriate section of the Center Information System (CIS) e-Folder. Students must be provided copies of their MyPACE Career Plan and PARs whenever changes are made to the plan and at separation.

R3. Assignment to a Career Technical Training Program

Centers must:

a. Schedule students to their first choice of career technical training program, if feasible, when they are determined to be ready for the Career Development Period (CDP), but no later than 60 days following center enrollment.

b. When the student’s first choice is not available, the student shall be assigned to a career technical training program that is directly related to his or her first choice, or to his or her second choice, and that is compatible with the student’s long-term career goal​.

c. Maintain a log of all students not assigned to career technical training programs within 60 days of enrollment, within the career technical training waitlist section of CIS. The list must show the students’ names, dates of arrival, dates of assignment to career technical training programs, and reasons for delay.



Appendix 308 Acceptable Work-Based Learning Activities