One of the main focus areas for students who take Workplace Learning I as part of the Early College Studies program is having them learn how to establish an action plan that they — or others — can follow through on. “Action” is a necessary component to success, and yet, for years students have been able to get through school without planning any action of their own or taking any of it either.
For a long time in our nation’s history, that was acceptable. The world only asked of students to show up to class and learn information that they may, or may not, use some day. In our current economy and world, “action” is necessary. “Action” is what makes necessary changes in the world; and on a more basic level relevant to all students, “action” is what gets people a job!
The ability to create an action plan, to follow through on it and to lead and delegate tasks, is a necessary skill for all students (and adults!).
In the current unit, students are revisiting the action plan they were introduced to in the first unit. The Workplace Learning curriculum purposely has students return to the same document used previously to reinforce with students that “taking action” is not just something that happens once. “Taking action” is an ongoing process that needs to happen if anything is ever, truly, going to get done.
Revisiting and reusing the same document also mirrors the working world where organizations have protocols for getting things done. Just as design firms follow a creation process to come up with ideas, refine one and figure out a way to put the idea into action, so too do our students.
In this unit, students are designing action to take around a global issue, exploring how the issue shows up in their own city. Fueled by the Youth 2030 initiative released late last year by the United Nations, students are getting involved in the preliminary steps of helping the world meet some of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Early College Studies is actively working to help students learn executive skills that will transfer into any career path they choose.