Full course description
Intended for High School Juniors in Wicomico County, Maryland GEER participants.
The transition from high school to college can be very overwhelming for many young people and their families. They face the stress of being able to afford college, being away from home for the first time, meeting new friends, and worrying if they can successfully complete college level assignments. Even the students that don’t plan to attend college after high school face their own set of worries. They wonder if they will be able to obtain employment that will allow them to successfully earn money to take care of their basic needs like shelter, food, clothing, and transportation. Their futures are dependent upon one common factor: the knowledge, skills, and resources to make the right choice after high school.
The Salisbury University College and Career Readiness (CCR) Bootcamp will offer high school juniors the opportunity to participate in virtual course work that will assist them in making decisions about their futures and to reach their goals. The CCR Bootcamp consists of 12 weeks of guided course work that students can navigate at their own pace each week. The coursework focuses on three main concepts called clusters. These clusters present students with learning activities that examine:
1. What happens after high school? (choosing your pathway)
2. How do I get where I want to go? (tuning your skills)
3. What do I do next? (preparing for your next steps)
Each cluster will include four one-week course modules with a week off in between each cluster. The coursework includes topics such as choosing a career, financial literacy and college debt, goal setting and time management, study skills, public speaking, test taking tips, critical thinking, problem solving, digital literacy, and college reading and writing. The modules will be facilitated by instructors who will host virtual office hours, provide feedback on assignments, and be there to guide students along the way.
Course participants will have access to near peer mentors who are students currently enrolled at SU. These mentors can answer questions the students may have about their academics, using campus resources, and college life in general. Other opportunities for synchronous engagements will be arranged by course instructors.
As the students successfully complete the course, they will receive a digital badge. Digital badges can be used to showcase the knowledge and skills developed by participating in the course to prospective employers, displayed on a digital portfolio, and even translate into SU credit. The Career and College Readiness Bootcamp is a wonderful opportunity to sharpen the skills needed for life after high school.