Career Portfolios and Graduation Projects
A Career Portfolio is a tool for students to help them think through and plan for their future education and career. The PA Career Education and Work Standards require all students to have a career portfolio beginning in the 8th grade and continuing until graduation.
Career Portfolios can be either electronic or paper and pencil. Below are some resources to assist you in developing a career portfolio for your students.
- Career Zone Pennsylvania
A free resource that allows students to assess their interest, skills and work importance, document activities and plan for the future. Information on the site is Pennsylvania specific. Students register so that their work can be maintained.
Two commercial products are widely used in Pennsylvania to develop and maintain career portfolios:
- Bridges Choices® Planner
Bridges product live include materials for elementary, middle, high school and beyond. Materials are available that support the entire education and career planning program including portfolios.
- Career Cruising
Their product packages include portfolios, high school course planners, The Real Game, college application planner, and more.
Career Portfolio Model
Capital Region Partnership for Career Development has developed a career portfolio with I Statements to help students understand the essence of their own comprehensive career development.
Portfolios are available for purchase.
Career-based Graduation Projects
- Central Columbia High School Graduation Project
- Dallastown Culminating Project
- Garden Spot High School Graduation Project Checklist
- Hanover Area Junior/Senior High School Class of 2013 Graduation Project Handbook
- Twin Valley High School Graduation Project
Funds for this Web site are provided under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-270) and from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education.