Career Prep is an alternative program unique to Richland School District Two focusing on the job readiness and life skills necessary for students to successfully enter the adult world. The 2 main online curriculums are: Career Ready 101 (developed by ACT) and Personal Finance (by Knowledgematters). These programs are entirely online, therefore, Chromebooks are mandatory.
Students must complete a Health class and pass two courses from their major as indicated in their Individualized Graduation Plan (IGP). In addition, the EOC for Biology, English 1, and Algebra 1 must be documented on the student’s transcript. Students will master the concepts associated with the WorkKeys skills necessary to pass the Applied Math, Graphical Literacy, and Workplace Documents tests necessary for employment in many major businesses which use this assessment for hiring purposes. They will also master the concepts of Personal Finance necessary for independent living. Students are introduced to Pre-GED subject areas in preparation for taking the General Education Development (GED)/high school equivalency test if they choose to do so. Students will also take various assessments, such as the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE).
Students will experience many internship and job shadowing opportunities that may lead to industry certification in a variety of areas. Students are required to earn industry certification in at least one area. Part of this process may include students taking courses at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2). Other opportunities may include ServSafe certification, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10/30 certification, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Forklift Operation, Floor Technician, Herbicide/Pesticide Application, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Pharm Tech, Automotive Tech, Building and Construction Tech, Emergency Medical Responder, and other opportunities as they arise.
The business community is actively involved in the preparation of the curriculum as well as the training of students for specific jobs within that industry. Local technical colleges accept the Career Prep students who wish to enroll in post-secondary training/education in one of their Certificate areas. In addition, those students who wish to pursue an alternative high school diploma, such as the GED, can do so at the Rogers Adult Education Center after successfully completing the Career Prep program. There is no cost to register and for the initial testing. Other costs involved will be determined after all preliminary testing has been completed.