CAREER EXPLORATION AT CHANCELLOR ACADEMY

Chancellor Academy is committed to providing its students with an education that prepares them for a successful transition from school to work or post secondary education and to independent living. We do this by providing them with opportunities to explore a wide variety of work and educational options and opportunities, as well as by providing them with the required academic base.

Numerous vocational aptitude assessments and personality inventories are administered to assist students in selecting a career plan suitable to their aptitudes, values, traits, goals, and interests. Students receive ongoing learning experiences designed to increase their awareness of vocations that fit their abilities, interests and aptitudes. Students have interviews with professionals in their field of choice, research the educational requirements of their particular field, write resumes, receive interviewing instruction with video taped interviews, examine the use of technology in their particular field , secure viable part-time employment, and complete a research paper related to their career goals and plans. Specific career objectives may consist of applications to colleges, vocational schools, military services, businesses, and/or apprenticeship programs. All students meet individually with members of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation who will offer guidance to each student and may offer financial assistance based on the student's individual needs.

Chancellor Academy offers a "Work Program" designed to introduce students to the structure and responsibilities inherent in the working world. Students are provided with a number of opportunities to be employed for pay at Chancellor Academy or at other job sites, and also register for "Double Specials" that allow them to focus on an area of interest:

1. In Food Service, they develop the skills and knowledge to prepare and serve breakfast and lunch to students and staff.

2. In Building Maintenance, they maintain the school’s classrooms and grounds.

3. In Office Skills, they work in a clerical capacity while learning administrative skills and public communication techniques.

4. In Animal Care, they are introduced to fundamental animal care as sanctioned by 4-H.

5. Students interest in the sciences learn horticultural skills and cultivate knowledge in marine science in science-related double specials.

6. In the Woodshop/Building Trades program, students learn carpentry skills, plumbing skills, and electrical skills. 

7. Students can learn automotive and small engine repair skills in our various trade programs.

8. In Advanced Music and Technology, students interested in pursuing a career in music can learn priceless audio engineering, live sound production, mixing, mastering, and performance skills.

During our annual Career Night, students and parents are introduced to various professions and colleges. Numerous representatives of the armed forces, colleges, and businesses are available to discuss many possible career choices. Career Night plays an important part in assisting students and parents through this transition process.

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