The STEM Pathways Project Team and I work with the Center for Innovation and Inquiry (IN2) on implementing the College and Career Pathway Endorsements program (CCPE)through the Post-Secondary Workforce Readiness Act (PWRA or PWR act). I am the lead intern, Elasia Rodriguez, and the rest of the project team consists of Gloria Wang, Jaelynn Abdullah,and Aryan Gandhi under the advisory of Betty Hart. The focus of the project is to assess IMSA’s courses and offerings and how they can assist students in college-readiness and prepare students for the future of work. The CCPE program is a planned high-school pathway that integrates school, activities, and work experience to demonstrate student aptitude in a chosen area of study.The project focuses on the following areas of the program: Manufacturing, Engineering,Technology, and Trades (METT), Information Technology (IT), Health Sciences and Technology (HST), and Finance and Business Services (FBS). There are more endorsements than the 4 listed, but those will not be explored as much in this paper and will be used in a continuation of this project. After inventorying IMSA’s offerings that relate to the Endorsements,a guide will be developed to assist students with navigating both IMSA’s offerings and the CCPE program. This guide will be available in both a physical and digital copy and help students decide what courses they should take that will best prepare them for the future they have ahead of them. The plan for this internship remains the same but will need to be extended past this school year due to the COVID-19 outbreak and stay-at-home order.
Betty Hart; Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Innovation Center Program Manager
Innovation, Workforce Development, Career Pathways, Career Development
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
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Rodriguez, Elasia '21, "Business Project Final Report" (2020). 2020 Intern Reports. 27.