Career Readiness Academy

CRA is designed to teach career readiness skills to high school students throughout S.E. Michigan. During this 5-month virtual journey, the same team of Young Leaders and students connect to explore topics like personal brand, career economics, networking, interview preparation, LinkedIn and how to market yourself. This experience not only provides the opportunity for more personalized attention throughout the six (6) sessions, but also forges important mentor-mentee relationships.

For the upcoming year, CRA will be delivered virtually due to COVID-19 and we are confident the experience will be rewarding.

Stay tuned for session updates from the year!

CRA Sponsors

The DEC and participating students would like to acknowledge the following CRA Sponsors: Citizens Bank Ford Motor Company Dow Urban Science

Curriculum Includes:

  1. Personal Brand
  2. LinkedIn + Resumes
  3. Career Assessment
  4. Career Exploration
  5. Interview Skills + Mock Interviews
  6. Closing Session (Networking) + CRA Next Steps

Session 1: Personal Brand

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Session 2: LinkedIn & Resumes

Session Overview: Designed to assist students sign up and develop their LinkedIn page, while gaining an understanding of the value of both LinkedIn and resumes.

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Session 3: Career Assessment

Session Overview: Designed to support student in their career exploration via an interest assessment and results analysis.

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Session 4: Career Economics

Session Overview: Designed to further support students in their career exploration while examining career economics, career education/training, personal budgets and the impact of choices.

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Session 5: Interview Skills

Session Overview: Designed to support student with an understanding of the benefits of an elevator pitch and how to prepare for an interview.

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Session 6: Closing Session – Networking and Next Steps

Session Overview: Designed to conclude the CRA journey with a recap of previous sessions, an overview on networking and how students can continue the work of career exploration beyond CRA.

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CRA Alumni Network

The mission of the CRA Alumni Network is to be a resource for CRA student graduates and current CRA students. The goals are:

  • Provide continued engagement with the DEC as future Young Leaders
  • Provide a platform for their early professional network
  • To enhance their business acumen by expanding on the current/past CRA curriculum

  We’re working on some exciting things so stay tuned!