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Career Exploration | Career Readiness | Middle School

5 Best Career Exploration Projects for Middle School

By: Brad Hummel
September 28th, 2021

Middle school is an important but uncertain time for students to think about their interests and abilities and begin to contemplate their future occupations. As a teacher, you strive to turn that uncertainty into excitement. One of the best ways to do so is to use engaging projects that guide and inspire your students to discover the diverse career opportunities available to them.

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Career Readiness

Top 5 Career Readiness Lesson Plans Your Students Will Love

By: Brad Hummel
September 22nd, 2021

Career readiness lesson plans are some of the most in-demand educational materials today. They apply to every grade level, and the skills are important for every student to know before joining the workforce. Career readiness lessons give students the practical information and soft skills they need to move forward in their lives. And while it’s helpful to learn these skills at any point in a student’s life, it’s best to learn career readiness when a student is young.

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Career Readiness | Middle School

Is NGPF the Right Career Readiness Curriculum for You?

By: Emma Stanton
July 29th, 2021

Are you scrambling to find career readiness lesson plans and activities to teach your classes? While we provide a digital career readiness curriculum as part of Business&ITCenter21, some teachers are looking for supplemental lesson plans they can use in their classrooms. A common resource we hear about from middle school teachers like you is Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF).

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Business Education | Career Readiness | IC3 Certification | Middle School | 21st Century Skills

4 Best Certifications for Middle School Business and Career Courses

By: Bri Stauffer
May 20th, 2021

In 2021, the Google Apps certification for students was discontinued. As a result, middle school teachers across the US are scrambling to find a replacement certification to offer their business education students.

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Career Readiness | Middle School | 21st Century Skills

What Is the 21st Century Success Skills Exam?

By: Katie Schneider
March 18th, 2021

As a career readiness curriculum developer, we speak with teachers on a weekly basis looking for assessment options that will help students demonstrate their mastery of career readiness skills. One option these teachers ask us about is the 21st Century Success Skills exam from Precision Exams.  In this article, you’ll discover answers to four common questions that educators have about the 21st Century Success Skills exam:

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Business Education | Career Readiness | Communication Skills

What Is the Communication Skills for Business Certification?

By: Alex Schultz
February 18th, 2021

Many business education programs across the US are looking to expand their curriculum to include certification options for their students.

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