Making career connections

  • Elizabeth School District’s effort to promote homegrown talent spans from kindergarten through graduation.

    The Homegrown Talent Initiative is a partnership between the school district and business community aimed at improving career-connected learning so students have a clearer picture of what’s possible for them after graduation, whether they want to go to college or begin a career in the local job market right away.

    Profile of a Graduate

    Core to HTI is the Profile of a Graduate, which says the school district will, from kindergarten through graduation, provide opportunities for students to develop seven characteristics that will help them thrive at any stage of life – well beyond their time in school.

    The seven competencies on which the district is focused are also ways to describe each graduate:

    • Leader.
    • Empathetic and collaborative.
    • Adaptable and resilient.
    • Effective communicator.
    • Independent learner.
    • Academically prepared.
    • Entrepreneurial.

    From elementary school through high school, there are different ways those characteristics are taught and encouraged, in age-relevant ways.

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