The Board recognizes that career education is a developmental process designed to help students
prepare for life roles in the family, the community, occupations and avocations. The Board also
recognizes that the development of career education enables students of all ages to examine attitudes,
interests, aptitudes and abilities in order to relate them to career opportunities, and to make valid
decisions regarding further education and future endeavors.
Therefore, the Board will provide career education for students at all levels of instruction. Career
education in the elementary schools shall consist of career awareness and the exploration of career
opportunities in various fields. At the secondary level, it will incorporate career exploration, career
guidance, and vocational training opportunities, with the latter designed to equip students to enter
post-secondary training for occupational areas, and/or enter specific occupations directly out of high
Vocational training programs shall be an integral part of the comprehensive high school concept in
the school district. Efforts will be made to keep vocational programs relevant to job requirements,
and reflective of area needs, as well as being geared to the current and future technological and
economic conditions. These programs shall provide students with the basic skills to enter the world
of work, to obtain additional vocational skills and/or to continue their formal education. Vocational
education, as a core component of comprehensive education, will share with other aspects of the high
school curriculum in the development of character, attitudes and work skills.
District vocational programs shall meet all federal and state guidelines and requirements. Advisory
councils will be utilized in all vocational programs.
Following the concept of area vocational-technical schools as established by the Missouri
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, students from the Salem R-80 School District
may attend vocational-technical training programs at the Area Vocational-Technical facility.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Legal Refs: §§ 178.420 - .560, RSMo.
Salem R-80 School District, Salem, Missouri
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