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Training on career counseling in rural schools


Kevin Smith


This Florida Career Readiness research alliance project provides evidence-based practices for career counseling in rural settings. In regional trainings across Florida, rural district and school administrators, school counselors, and career and technical educators have learned about these practices and collaborated to share and plan for how they may be developed and implemented at the district and school levels. This training project will continue as additional sessions have now been requested by other states in the REL Southeast region.


Mr. John Lott, assistant superintendent from Levy County Florida, oversaw the successful planning for the implementation of these practices. "Meeting with the REL Southeast gave us an opportunity to brainstorm research-based methods to integrate career counseling into Career and Technical Education programs and foster discussions with students to increase their engagement with the world of work. The research that was presented focused on rural schools and promoted opportunities for life-long learning, which was both timely and helpful."

"The information presented impressed on me the importance of someone at our school taking the lead in ensuring all students have career planning and understanding. It was very helpful to break the practices down and brainstorm how they can be used in our school and district."


Preparing a Career-Ready Student infographic

Preparing a Career-Ready Student video