Virginia Career VIEW May Be Eliminated

Funding for a career development and academic planning program used by educators, parents, and students would be eliminated under the proposed new state budget.

The Web-based “Virginia Career VIEW” provides job and related educational information for all students statewide in kindergarten through 8th grades.  But school counselors say the resources are vital to assist students in developing career pathways.

Counselors rely on the site to help students plan career goals and the courses they must take to achieve them. Becky Bowers-Lanier, who represents the Virginia Counselors Association, opposes eliminating Career View, especially in light of a new state mandate.

“Starting in grade 7, in the fall of 2012, all children will have to have an Academic and Career Plan in place by the time they are finished with grade 8.”

The site provides children with age-appropriate material and engaging activities that help them learn about many occupations and career-readiness skills.  Bowers-Lanier says VIEW, delivered through Virginia Tech, also trains counselors, who are required by the state to do career education.

“Once they have the training, the pick-up in the schools increases exponentially.  In the last five years we’ve had close to 400-million hits on the Website for VIEW. That’s pretty remarkable.”

She adds that VIEW costs 1/3 of a cent per student, while private programs would range up to 20 dollars per student.  Counselors are asking for an amendment to restore the program.

-by Anne Marie Morgan

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