THE BREAKAWAY COMPANY: A COMPLETE CAREER READINESS PROGRAM
Volume 22 Number 6
This material was developed at the Queen's University Faculty of Education under the auspices of the Canadian Guidance and Counselling Foundation. It was funded by Canada Employment and Immigration.
The program was implemented in five settings with seven groups of adolescents and revised on the basis of these practical evaluations prior to publication. It consists of a plan for a twelve-week course in career readiness designed for "at-risk students." The optimum class size is eight to twelve students, and the program is designed to be a high school credit course for grade 9 or 10 or a counselling program with young offenders in a residential setting.
Students participate as "employees" in an imaginary company in which the teacher is the "supervisor." Each day or lesson is designed with a goal, a supervisor's briefing, a workplan, and an activity. Students learn job search techniques and self-management in workrelated situations. A lot of the activities involve role-playing and video-taped replays of the action.
The 71-page appendix consists of reproducible exercises that could be used within the BreakAway program or independently. The guidance counsellor at my school looked it over and commented that the content is comprehensive, flexible and pertinent. Every high school would probably benefit from implementing such a program. The drawbacks would relate to local resources and structures.
Grades 9 and up / Ages 14 and up
Catherine R. Cox is a teacher-librarian and Andy Lightle is a guidance counsellor at Moncton High School in Moncton, New Brunswick
1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995
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