Career Preparedness

Natalie Strickland, Instructor

Sardis High School



Course Description/Goals


The Career Preparedness course focuses on three integrated areas of instruction--academic planning and career development, financial literacy, and technology. Course content ranges from college and career preparation to computer literacy skills to ways to manage personal finances and reduce personal risk. Designed to be interwoven throughout course instruction, is the area of technology. Mastery of the content standards provides a strong foundation for student acquisition of the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that enables them to achieve success in school, at work, and across the life span.


As part of preparing students to be college-and career-ready, this course also equips students with the skills needed for business and industry, continuing education, and lifelong learning. This is achieved by incorporation into content the required 20-hour online experience as defined in the Alabama Department of Education’s High School Distance Learning:  Online/Technology Enhanced Course or Experience Guidance document.


Students will master the following concepts:



Personal Decision Making

Academic Planning and Career Development

Technology Skill Applications

Managing Finances and Budgeting

Saving and Investing

Banking and Financial Institutions

Credit and Debt

Risk Management and Insurance




The Future Business Leaders of America, a curricular component of the Business/Marketing program, is the national organization for all students in high school institutions currently enrolled in business programs. The activities of the FBLA enhance classroom instruction, develop leadership skills, and provide opportunities for professional growth and service. Students are encouraged to join the Sardis Chapter of the FBLA. Dues are $20.00 per year.


Instructional Philosophy


It is imperative that students learn to apply knowledge, skills, and ideas to solve problems and make decisions. A variety of teaching techniques (Self-Paced Tutorials, Software Applications, Project-Based Learning, Online Learning, Lecture/PowerPoint Presentations, Group Studies that promote teamwork, Application of Knowledge and Skills through FBLA Activities, etc.) will be used to integrate these critical thinking skills into the curriculum. These performance and outcome-based measurements address the acquisition of individual knowledge and skills. The development of these skills along with the mastery of Career Preparedness concepts will prepare students for placement in entry-level business/office occupations. Therefore, students will be equipped to make a successful transition from school to the business world and society.


Grading Procedures


Grades earned in Career Preparedness will be determined on a strictly numeric basis. The average will be derived from the following criterion:


  • Unit/Lesson Test (Objective)
  • Production Test/Jobs
  • Lesson Review Activities
  • Lesson Summary Activity (Working)
  • Special Project Based Assignments
  • End of Term Test


    The nine-week average is calculated by determining a numerical value for each assignment. All points for the grading period are totaled to find the points possible. Student’s grades are determined by adding the points earned and dividing by total points possible.


    A student’s term average is calculated by combining the two nine week averages with an end of term test.


    Etowah County Board of Education policies on grading and attendance will be followed.




  • Kuder Career Assessment, Planning, and Development Services
  • MoneySKILL reality based personal finance course
  • Microsoft IT Academy digital curriculum on fundamental technology skills
  • TypingWeb online typing tutor and keyboarding tutorial
  • NEFE financial education program
  • Remind 101 messaging service
  • Edmodo social learning platform for class to connect and collaborate and share content




There is a $30 fee for Career Preparedness. This fee is for the maintenance of computer equipment, the purchase of toner for the printer, and replacement of equipment as necessary.


Make-Up Work


***It is the student’s responsibility to show excuse and request any assignments/tests missed during their absence.



Parent/Guardian ____________________________________    Date _____________________




Student ___________________________________________     Date _____________________