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Career Exploration can be arranged with our Community Studies Coordinator, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . The phone number for the Community Studies Office is: (607) 274-2126.

About Career Explorations

Students are required to complete two career explorations during their LACS career. Most explorations last for at least a cycle (usually a full semester) and meet once or twice a week for a few hours. Students must also keep a reflective journal (there is flexibility on its format) and meet with the Community Studies Coordinator once every two weeks, or attend the group lunch meetings. It is the student's obligation to sign up to meet with coordinator. Students may use time after school or project time to explore a career. Finally, students need to document their placement in a timely fashion. There is an In-Depth study in Career Explorations. It requires 270 hours of exploration in a variety of fields and a final project, as well as reflective journals and meeting with the coordinator along the way. Participation in a BOCES vocational program may be part of such an in-depth exploration.

Although specific placements will be based upon YOUR interest, here are a few areas LACS students have explored in the past:

  • architecture
  • alternative farming methods
  • banking and finance
  • nursing homes
  • working with animals
  • small business
  • teaching
  • outdoor work with kids
  • journalism
  • libraries
  • music -- teaching/bands
  • historical research
  • lab work
  • political organizing/work
  • stained glass
  • photography
  • coaching/phys. ed teaching
  • frame shop
  • metal work
  • cooking/baking/food prep
  • community organizing

Recall, if you are currently exploring a career or simply have a job, you may use this toward Essential IC ONLY IF you meet with the coordinator, carry out the reflective journal (the method can be flexible; it need not be exclusively writing), and document the placement in a timely fashion. However, it cannot be something you did in the past but are not currently doing.

Community Academic Placements

Student may wish to combine their community service or career exploration in pursuit of an academic interest. This is called a C.A.P., or community academic placement.

Obviously, you would create your own, unique placement, but just to give a gist of how one might look, here are a few examples:

  • Combining your work in a homeless shelter with research into homeless in the United States.
  • Working in a Cornell lab combined with readings in biology or ecology.
  • Meeting and talking with older people, perhaps at a nursing home, while reading literature about growing older.
  • Volunteer at AIDS Works while researching some aspect of the situation (health?).
  • Relating mathematics, especially statistics, to research on a local issue.

Requirements for a C.A.P:

  1. See the Community Studies Coordinator to find an appropriate placement. This takes time and thought.
  2. Interview with the mentor (boss/supervisor), Essential area teacher, and Community Studies Coordinator to set up goals, academic studies, etc. (Note: see guidelines for an in-depth study).
  3. Work at the placement at least 2 1/2 hours per week and do an associated 1 1/2 hours of academic reading and writing per week. Some C.A.P.'s will require far more hours of reading and writing, depending on the essential and the placement.
  4. Keep a journal of your experience. There is flexibility on the format.
  5. Meet with the Community Studies Coordinator every other week.
  6. Meet with your essential area teacher every other week.
  7. Do some type of final demonstration, presentation, project or analysis to display what you have learned.
  8. Do some type of final demonstration

Working on a C.A.P. could fulfill any essential. This is your chance to take charge of your education and experiment. C.A.P.'s are not easy, but they are very rewarding.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 June 2009 )
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