Aiming High-Work Force Ready

XCEL Energy Foundation has awarded the Canadian Education Foundation an Educational Focus Grant to support the Aiming High program in Canadian ISD.

The Canadian Education Foundation's Aiming High: Work Force Ready College and Career Preparatory Program is being implemented in a three-fold approach - education, identification and counseling - as a path for college and career preparation for CISD students. This approach will address needs identified by the foundation and appropriate CISD staff.

Aiming High PresentationDru Chidester, CEF Board Member and XCEL Energy Community Service Manager presented a certificate for the XCEL Energy Education Focus Grant which awarded $5,000 to the Canadian Education Foundation’s Aiming High: Work Force Ready College and Career Preparatory Program. Canadian High School technology teacher, Michele Hagood will be implementing the MOS Certification Program which allows students to certify in the Microsoft Office fields of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, and Outlook. These certifications will provide students work force ready skills.

Focusing on providing Canadian High School students with programs that develop financial literacy, economic education and practical business/technical skills to compete effectively in the job market, the CEF seeks to assist Canadian ISD in addressing the following areas of concern:

  • The need to identify a student’s career aptitudes in preparation for developing post-secondary educational plans.
  • The need to insure students are technology literate across multiple platforms and venues.
  • The need to develop an understanding of professionalism as a basic job skill, particularly in the area of business communications.
  • The need for students to have a working knowledge of industry recognized software functions including Microsoft Suite and basic software commands integral to job performance.

The CEF is working with CHS career and technology teacher, Michele Hagood in an ongoing evaluation of curriculum and implement changes to meet the demands of the job market while evaluating students’ abilities.   Areas of job skills needs, identified by a business survey conducted by the CEF, will be incorporated into the Business Information Management class.  This revamped class will not only address the state mandated TEKS standards but will also encompass professionalism in the work place, including written and oral communications.

To support this initiative students will train for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification.  The MOS program is designed to prepare students to “enter the workforce in a competitive job market, where they will use MOS certifications to differentiate themselves, prove their skills, enhance job performance and advance their careers.”  Seven different certification test are available to  participants.

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This year’s Aiming High program will be designed to bridge a gap between technology knowledge and business applications and practices, engaging students in hands-on learning while providing industry recognized skills certifications.

Funding for this program was provided by
XCEL Energy Education Focus Grant
Canadian ISD
Shaller Mission Fund, First Presbyterian Church
Private Donations