Career Preparation Phase – Students in the High Schools at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) during the career preparation phase determine which of their natural abilities or talents they want to strengthen through practice and training to a point that they can compete with others whose talents are comparable in the world of work. It is during this stage that adolescents decide whether to pursue further academic training following high school, to pursue vocational training, or to go to work. Career preparation is a combination of technical classroom instruction and work-based learning in a specific occupational area. FSDB partners with local businesses and First Coast Technical College to give students many opportunities to prepare for their careers.
FSDB provides career preparation education through a variety of methods, including:
- Keys to Success—students identify and apply soft skills in the academic setting, such as effective communication, teamwork, respect, completing work, and responsibility.
- Career and Technical Education—prepares students for success in college and careers by integrating academics with career themes
- Specific Technical Skill Development
- Occupational Completion Points
- Industry Certifications
- SkillsUSA: Career and technical student organization—leadership development, employability training, and skill based competitions
- First Coast Technical College partnerships
- Community and Campus Work Experiences—a training program that exposes students to different types of jobs. Through hands-on work experience, students apply soft skills and learn job specific technical skills in preparation for a successful career. Students learn about the job seeking process and develop resumes, cover letters, and reference data sheets.
- School-Based Enterprises (SBEs)—effective educational tools that allow students to put into practice what they learn in the classroom by running an actual small business. While participating in these activities, students learn overall business operations such as providing customer service, managing costs, ordering supplies, working under pressure, conserving supplies and maintaining facilities.
- Integration of career education and academics
- Guest speakers from various Industry Partners
- Campus and community career tours and presentations
- After-school job training and support