Peter Callstrom on career exploration in K-12

Thought leaders share ideas with WorkingNation Overheard at Presented by JFF Horizons – See Beyond 2022

Workforce innovation should include offering information to young students – K through 12, according to Peter Callstrom, president and CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership.

WorkingNation sat down with Callstrom at Presented by JFF Horizons – See Beyond 2022 in New Orleans. 

“Our collaboration with Cajon Valley Union School District has been going on over five years now. We first started by converting our research and labor market information into these career poster boards. We have seven priority sectors within our county which we’ve identified. So, there’s a board for each one and then more backup material that helps educators and students really do a deeper dive into every career pathway,” explains Callstrom.

“We created an online tool – My Next Move – so that people of all ages can explore different careers based on a connection to the O*NET data. It’s a live feed into what careers are.”

Callstrom notes Ed Hidalgo, the chief innovation and engagement officer with the school district says this kind of access to career knowledge can change the future of workforce development.

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