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Career development is integral to students’ academic and social-personal development and addressing students’ needs in this area is recognized as an important responsibility of the professional school counselor. However, efforts to address students’ career development tend to be lacking or services are provided in a disconnected manner. Helping students adequately prepare for the demands of the 21st century requires that they be actively engaged in planning for the future. Facilitating their career development during the school years is an important part of this preparation. This article provides a brief overview of the literature on career development in schools and presents a school-wide career development program that is integrated into the school curriculum, collaboratively implemented with teachers, and begins in the sixth grade. The value of this type of programmatic effort is discussed and recommendations for program development are offered.


Mary Beth Schaefer and Lourdes M. Rivera, Educational Experiences That Matter to Seniors Graduating From an Urban Early College High School, Urban Education pp. 1-28. Copyright © 2016 Mary Beth Schaefer and Lourdes M. Rivera. DOI: 10.1177/0042085916654526.