PRESS RELEASE: Launch of a new career exploration resource for students

The Maine Department of Labor (DOL) and Maine Department of Education (DOE) have launched a new Student Career Discovery Dashboard that presents data on in-demand jobs and salaries in a way accessible to students in grades 6 to 12.

Students can explore this data in a variety of ways, such as by geographic region, by career groups of occupations with similar characteristics, and by typical academic career requirements. Students can find information about the role of each career hub in Maine’s economy with a specific data point, such as how many jobs there are today, what Maine workers earn in course of their career and the number of job openings expected in the next ten years.

“It is exciting to see the Maine Departments of Labor and Education working together to bring the Center for Workforce Research and Information website online,” Maine Legislative Representative Paul Stearns said. “The site offers a wonderful exploration tool to give students, parents, and educators the information they need to make smart, data-driven career decisions.”

MDOL’s Center for Workforce Research and Information (CWRI) worked with the Maine Department of Education and a group of Maine educators to design the student-friendly dashboard. The dashboard includes a video to help you navigate the webpage and an introductory guide for counselors, teachers, and students with an overview of available Maine jobs and salary data.

“It’s never too early to explore your career options and interests,” said Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman.“This new tool gives students and their teachers a user-friendly way to examine potential careers, jobs currently in demand, and steps they can take to develop the skills they need to achieve their goals.”

“Career exploration tools like this help students see what kinds of careers match their passions and interests, gain valuable insight and insight into possible careers, and plan for their future,” Education Commissioner Pender Makin said. “We’re excited to bring this interactive dashboard to students and teachers and see the creative ways they use this data in their classrooms.”

The Dashboard can be interacted with on the Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information (CWRI) website: https://www.maine.gov/ labor/cwri/student_portal/

The Center for Workforce Research and Information produces Maine jobs and wages data, a ten-year employment outlook, and a range of other data products relating to Maine’s economy and labor market. The student-friendly resource has been designed to complement existing online resources such as Get My Future and My Next Move, available to help students find careers that match their aspirations, interests and personality.

The 2020 Maine Learning Results Life and Career Ready Standards were designed to support the development of key elements of career readiness with career awareness expectations for K-5 students and learning expectations. exploration and career planning for students in grades 6-12.

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Contacts for educators/schools for more information:
For more information about the CWRI Student Dashboard, contact Mark McInerney, director of the Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information, at
[email protected].

For more information on learning experiences that support student career exploration, contact Rick Wilson, Maine Department of Education, Career Exploration Specialist at [email protected]

For more information about integrating the Maine Learning Outcomes Life and Career Standards into the design of student learning experiences, contact Jason Anderson, Interdisciplinary Teaching Team Coordinator at [email protected].

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