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CTE Events and Special Programming

Microsoft Imagine Academy  |  Career Coach  |  Early Childhood Learning Programs of Study: First Step  |  Young Men and Women’s Conference on College and Careers  |  Middle School Conference


Microsoft Imagine Academy

The Microsoft Imagine Academy program provides technology programming leading to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications, including certifications in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Designed to provide students with entry level skills in Microsoft Office applications, the program, offered by CCI, offers schools access to an evolving online technology curriculum that includes lesson plans, student projects, and industry certified assessments. As part of the program, schools become Microsoft Imagine Academy members enable program participants, teachers, and others at schools to access online instruction in and outside of the classroom and to take certification exams onsite. In addition, the program includes intensive managerial support to ensure fidelity to the Imagine Academy model.

To learn more about becoming a Microsoft Imagine Academy, click here.

Career Coach

Career Coach is designed to help District residents with career exploration by providing the most current labor market information regarding salaries, employment, job postings, and related education and training. Career Coach users gain information about national and regional high-demand industries as well as the occupations and skills associated with these industries. With Career Coach, users can look at the transferability of skills between occupations, see local employers’ skills needs, and analyze career paths.

Early Childhood Learning Programs of Study: First Step

The First Step program seeks to engage high school students in an early learning credential program, to be conducted in two selected high schools in the District of Columbia. This new initiative is designed to build the capacity of the early learning professional workforce in the District of Columbia. Through First Step, high school students will graduate as competent and skilled professionals holding a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, a competency-based entry credential to career pathways in early learning classrooms in public schools and licensed child development centers.

Schools that currently offer the courses towards earning a CDA are:

Young Men and Women’s Conference on College and Careers

The Young Men's and Young Women’s Conferences target DC Public and DC Public Charter school students in grades 9-12 providing a professional conference experience and environment with unique opportunities to discover and explore priority careers.

The CTE office focuses the Young Men and Young Women’s College and Career Conferences to expose students to diverse career sectors that lead to high-skill, high wage, and high demand occupations. The State Office engages LEA’s to recruit students to attend the conferences. Thereby, the conferences serve a dual purpose – preparation for non-traditional fields that lead to high-skill, high wage and high demand occupations and connecting students to these career opportunities.

Middle School Conference

The Middle School Conference provides a broad informative approach towards engaging middle school students investigating their career interests. Students identify their career fields of interest and have the opportunity to interact with young professionals in the field. They also participate in a leadership and team-building exercises. The annual conference in held in February.

To learn more about the event this year, click here.