Career and Work Readiness

 Work Readiness in Office 2007 Ready 2007


Grade Level 10-12. May be taken as part of an OJT agreement.Career Work


Student must have IEP.


The Career & Work Readiness/Vocational Assessment Program is for students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) who are ready to begin the process of transition from school to work/career. Being “work ready” requires preparation, practice, exploration, and work experience in order to be successful in reaching their employment and vocational goals. Preparing for a career requires the knowledge of the students’ interests and aptitudes, as well as the steps necessary to begin the journey.

Successful students must be willing to explore careers both at KCC and through research, participate in the class business, dress professionally on Wednesdays and work to improve their skills (work/social) throughout the semester. Students will complete a Formal Vocational Assessment, an employment portfolio, resume, career research, formal interview, and create other documents necessary for the job search and employment. Additional activities include transition planning, introduction to scholarships/grants and access to related community agencies.


This class is designed to develop an Individual Employment Plan, prepare the student to become competitively employed, seek and apply for training through college, vocational training, apprenticeship, or on-the-job training programs. Students can earn basic certifications to assist with employment:  Food Workers card, Safety training and Customer Service Training. Students will become familiar with related agencies such as DVR and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, both of which can assist them with the transition from high school to post-secondary options.


Credits and Certifications

.5 English 9-12

.5 Pre-Vocational Ed.9-12

.5 Work Experience 9-12


Greg Hartlieb - Instructor

Mr. Hartlieb has earned certifications in U.S. Government, English, and Vocational Education. His work experience spans everything from newspaper delivery to courtesy clerk; construction helper; baggage handler; construction worker; fork lift operator; dishwasher; waiter; wildland firefighter; bartender; assistant restaurant manager; job coach; before becoming a teacher at Chugiak and East high schools. He is a married, father of two; has lived in Alaska since 1976; and enjoys skiing, hiking, wood working and fishing.

Nino Furneri - Instructor

Mr. Furneri is certified in Special Education (Severe Cognitive Disabilities, K-12); Political Science (K-12); and is a Highly Qualified Middle School Language Arts Teacher. He has taught for over 15 years to students from 6th grade up to community college. Subjects include history, geography, language arts, and special education. Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Furneri was a newspaper carrier, busboy, sandwich maker, grocery store clerk, soccer coach, and librarian.

Mr. Furneri and his wife have two boys and they enjoy playing soccer and doing other activities with them. He also enjoys traveling, and has lived in Indonesia for two years as a teacher at an international school.