Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) lessons are infused into KCS curriculum in each year of school K-12. CDOS lessons are aimed at helping students to gain self-awareness, set goals, develop preparatory skills, and ultimately determine beginning career goals.
KCS offers three unique high school courses for our students to aid in the career exploration process. Please be sure to check-in with your student to view the multiple resources and announcements posted on GOOGLE Classroom for each of the CDOS courses.
9th Grade: 21st Century Skills & Careers
You and the World of Work: Past World of Work, Trends, Decision Making, 16 Career Clusters,
Getting to Know Yourself: Interests, Abilities, Skills, Aptitudes, Values and Goals, Healthy Relationships, Wellness,
Researching Careers: Employment, Military, Entrepreneurship, Etc.
Developing a Career Plan: For future success, what can you do now and later?
Finding and Applying for a Job: Current and Future
Interviewing: Mock interviews with peers and community members
Starting a New Job: Expectations, Training, etc. Benefits, Pay Stubs, Deductions, Retirement, Insurance, etc
Workplace Health and Safety: OSHA, Rights and Responsibilities of Employers and Employees
Workplace Legal Matters
Teamwork and Leadership
Communication Skills and Interpersonal Relationships
Technology in the Workplace
Time Management and Workplace Goals
Managing Your Money: Consumer Rights and Resources, Banking, Savings, Checking, Credit, Budgets
Insurance: Health, Auto, Homeowners, Life, Disability, etc.
Adapting to Change, New Careers
Balancing Work and Personal Life
11th Grade: Junior Seminar
College majors research
Potential degree and/or educational futures
Resume, cover letters and portfolio development
Self reflection/brag sheets
Personal essay for college applications
College and job searches/College tours
Practicing interview skills/mock interviews
SAT and ACT introduction and prep time
Introduction to Senior Seminar
12th Grade: Senior Seminar
Completion of portfolio
Letters of recommendation
College application assistance
College admission & military visits
Job shadow experiences
Career research paper
Board of Education presentations
Senior Legacy Service Projects
Work readiness skills (continued)
College & technical school survival
Life 101/ Adulting
Scholarship search and applications
Job Shadow Program
The Job Shadow experience is part of the required Seminar courses taken during the junior and senior year. Students are required to research a vocational interest, locate professionals who are working in the area of interest, make the contacts, and ultimately job shadow an individual(s) in the field.
This experience is then documented in the required research paper that is written in the Senior Seminar course. In the past, KCS students have had experiences out of state, in NYC, Albany, and at local agencies and area schools. If you are interested in assisting our KCS students with an experience like this, please contact the School Counseling Office!
The Job Shadow permission form can be picked up here and must be reviewed and approved by the Junior/Senior Seminar teacher prior to the start of the shadow experiences.
Additionally, there are many great online resources to use as tools to explore various vocational options. For assistance in finding and navigating these websites or for further discussion about the content, please see Mrs. Johnson in the Counseling office. Many of these sites are introduced to students in the CDOS courses.
Local & Community Resources
CV-TEC Career & Technical Education : Technical education and training options for high school and local adult students
Career CrossWalks: Career and Technical Education from Mountain Lake PBS : Made in Clinton County career videos, career journey spotlights, local career resources, career cluster exploration
College for Every Student : KCS has a partnership with CFES, a nonprofit organization, which is committed to providing resources to our students on early college awareness and preparation so that any student may be prepared for, gain access to and succeed in college.
NYS & National Resources
NY Career Zone : Career assessments that suggest career matches based on ability and interest profiles and detailed information on careers and job outlook.
U.S. Department of Labor : K-12 Resources: Games and student resources focused on career exploration for grades K-12.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook: The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
CareerOneStop: Self-assessments, explore careers, job search, find training, and career preparation resources.
O*Net : The O*NET program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information.
Bigfuture: Collegeboard Major to Career Connections: Search college majors that lead to various careers or search a career and discover the college majors and training that lead to that career.
Military Careers : Learn more about US Military training and education options. Information for both students and parents.
“Let each become all he or she is capable of becoming.”