What People are Saying

The following recommendations have been offered by individuals who have oversight of the implementation of Road to Success: Student Career Development Program learning activities with high school aged students.

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"The Road to Success: Student Career Development Program has distinct stages; the first stage's overriding theme is student Self Discovery.  The Self Discovery portion of the program includes skills, values and interests identification modules.  Each session emphasized opportunities that could be enhanced through educational experiences at Learning Inc. and other avenues.  Each student used self discovery activities to begin to identify and better understand personal values, skills, strengths and abilities as these attributes relate to school, careers and jobs…The program was great-well organized, clearly defined objectives and outcomes and they did a superior job of working with these sometimes very difficult youth ages 14-17...  These are young people who, if they don't return to school or can't find meaningful employment, are more than likely to end up in the criminal justice system…  We are often their last resort and the Road to Success: Student Career Development Program…was a perfect fit.  The sessions were very interactive and each student had opportunities to identify base line skills.  They narrowed these skills and determined which of these skills they would prefer to use in the workforce."

Judith Friedman
Executive Director
Learning Inc.
May 2, 2008

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"We had one hour seminars presented focusing on workplace etiquette for all of our junior level academy students. The seminars addressed expectations, attire and other norms students needed to think about prior to their senior workplace experience. The teachers and the students found the sessions to be a good forum to learn what the real world expects and asked many insightful follow-up questions to the presenters. The students felt very comfortable with the discussions and continued to have these conversations with their teachers after the seminars."

Natalie Belcher
Instructional Facilitator
Career & Technology Education
Applications and Research Laboratory
Ellicott City, MD 21042
May 11, 2009

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"The classes have been instrumental in preparing our youth for future events that they will encounter in life. The implementation...has been excellent... Topics have included appropriate attire, handshaking, which silverware to use, etc...  As a result of the positive feedback that we have received from both the students and their parents we were able to have several students serve as ambassadors at the Y's annual Martin Luther King Jr.'s breakfast.

Adrianne Lee-Duff
Site Director
Y of Central Maryland at Patterson High
May 13, 2009

What Certified Leaders are saying:

The following comments have been offered by individuals who have implemented Road to Success: Student Career Development Program learning activities with high school aged students.Each of these leaders has highlighted one of the 80+ learning activities available from the RTS Career Development Program.

  • For: My Skills Activity – “I have always taught my students that the reason you are hired by any company starts with the skills that you offer. This lets them begin to see how many different kinds of skills there are. It also gives them a chance to see how many skills they will need to learn.”
  • For: My Career Values Activity –“Values infuse the decisions people make in their lives and are determinate in the amount of happiness and success one will experience in their careers. Students need help in clarifying their careers.”
  • For: The Holland Game: Discovering My Interests – “This is a good method for students to learn about the six categories/personality types. The PowerPoint presentation gives a thorough but easy to understand explanation that the students can understand. When the students identify their personality type[s], they can investigate career choices that fall into their identified type.”
  • For: Shaking Hands and Introducing Others - “I have found that many of the students that enter my program have never had to act professional. It will be a great learning experience for them to learn how to properly meet and introduce others.”
  • For: Common Courtesies and Etiquette for Public Places - “If students how a general knowledge of social and etiquette rules, they will get along better with others and will eventually me more successful.”
  • For: Conversation Activity – “Students with autism spectrum disorders typically display impairments in social interaction and appropriate conversational skills. Practicing conversational skills is a key to future success in interviews that lead to employment and in a job setting.”
  • For: Sending Email Discussion– “Current high school students know how to use electronic communication, but they do not know how to use this type of communication correctly for business purposes. The RTS provided 12 basic email protocols and then provided a good email example for students to follow. Additionally the handout Appropriateness in Electronic Communication is a very nice evaluation tool to determine if the student understands the concepts provided in the protocols.”
  • For: Thank You Notes/Letters Discussion– “ The activity for thank you notes and letters provides reason why thank you notes and letters should be sent and then provided a good example of a thank you note. There is also a handout When Should You Send a Thank You Note?”
  • For: Attitude is Number One Activity – As seniors it is important to discuss ways of handling workplace situations in a positive frame of mind. A positive attitude is always helpful.”

What Program Participants are saying:

The following comments have been offered by high school aged participants using the Road to Success: Student Career Development Program learning activities. Each of these students has highlighted one of the 80+ learning activities available from the RTS Career Development Program. 

  • For: My Dream Career/Job Team Activity – “ I learned that you will be more successful in a job when you are doing something you are interested in and that you are skillfully prepared to do. I learned that sometimes your classmates have good suggestions about what you can be successful in once they know what you like and dislike.”
  • For: Reality Check: What it Costs to Live – “It’s expensive to live! We didn’t know things cost so much.”
  • For: Reality Check: What it Costs to Live – “We saw what we will need to consider living independently.”
  • For: Attitude is Number One Activity – “The activity taught me professional protocol when I am on an interview and how to maintain a positive relationship with my employer.”
  • For: Attitude is Number One Activity- “I learned to think before I react while at work. Because we have tendencies to make choices that make other people upset it was good to work it out and not fight or have something bad happen from my choice. It worked to see the good and bad choices written out on the papers and talked about.”
  • For: Team Building Activity: Lost in the Wilderness – “I learned that sometimes you have to give a little in a group decision to agree on something. This helped us make decisions as a group.”
  • For: Public Speaking – “I learned how to over-come fear of public speaking. I felt nervous at first; I felt better when we did the second activity. It was fun and interesting; I even knew a lot of this stuff, so that was nice.”