Making a Difference

The mission of the Greater Clark County Schools College and Career Readiness Initiative is that every student in our schools will graduate prepared for and accepted to a post-secondary opportunity. Graduate acceptance to a post-secondary opportunity means more than just going to college. A post-secondary opportunity is defined as attending a four-year school, a two-year school, an apprenticeship, the military or a full-time job in the workforce.

A key factor to the success of our College and Career Readiness Initiative will be the development of partnerships with organizations throughout our community. Our College and Career Readiness Advisory Action Plan has identified the following possible partnerships:

Pathway-Specific Job Shadow

A student spends two to four hours, on a one-time basis, with an employee or series of employees, observing the various aspects of their job.  The intent is for students to see what the job really involves as well as to observe how their schoolwork applies.

Student Out-of-School Internship

An unpaid, supervised work-based learning experience which links an 11th or 12th grade student with an employer for a planned set of activities often designed to give the student a broad overview of a business or occupational career pathway.  (May be short-term:  18 weeks)

Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education Student  
(ICE-COOP Work Experience)

A school-supervised and structured 15 hour/week paid work experience during their 12th grade year arranged by the school and the employer to lead to an occupational goal.  This experience is for the entire school year and includes a training agreement and a training plan, which couples the classroom learning with the workplace experience.


A mentor is described as a trusted and experienced advisor who has personal and direct interest in the development and/or education of younger and less experienced individuals.  Mentorships are usually formed as the result of a job shadow or an out-of-school internship.

Field Trips and Worksite Tours

Students visit the workplace as a group to see the business operations in action and tie this to their career pathway.

Classroom/Career Fair Presentation

Present to a class about your job, its requirements or educational level, employer expectations, or tie directly into that classroom curriculum.

Senior Project/Presentation

Partners serve as advisors or invited guests for a senior project/presentation.


A partner teams with a subject-area teacher to work on a real-world, project-based assignment with students.

Educator Externship

As technology changes, it is important that schools teach the subjects and skills that businesses actually use.  Through an externship, teachers experience the business world firsthand as they work in a business for 1-2 weeks during school vacations and then incorporate their learning into their lesson plans and curriculum to make learning relevant.

Advisory Committee Members

Serve on Greater Clark College and Career Readiness Advisory for the purpose of curriculum/subject area planning, resource development, and consultation.

Work-Ethic Certificate

Students who earn this certificate will have met not only academic readiness standards but career readiness as well.  These students will have consistently demonstrated Persistence, Respectfulness, Initiative, Dependability, and Efficiency.  Businesses partnering with GCCS to support the implementation and acceptance of the work ethic certificate will commit their support to this program and to the students earning the certificate.

Partnerships for organizations do not require committing to all of the above opportunities, but the initiative’s success is dependent upon organizations committing to some of the above opportunities. The students and staff of the Greater Clark County Schools thank you for your support in preparing our graduates for a successful post-secondary experience. If you have any questions, need additional information or want to meet with our staff please contact either:


Michael Denny

College and Career Readiness Coordinator

Administration Building

2112 Utica-Sellersburg Rd

Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Phone: (812) 288-4816 ext. 50401

Fax: (812) 288-4812


Jeanne Null

College and Career Readiness Coordinator

Charlestown High School

#1 Pirate Place

Charlestown, IN 47111

Phone: (812) 256-3328 ext. 11232

Fax: (812) 256-7274



Cheryl Martin

College and Career Center Coordinator

Jeffersonville High School

2315 Allison Lane

Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Phone: (812) 282-6601  EXT. 15120

Fax:  (812) 288-4890



How Can You Help?

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