Our Future Ready Process

Who am I?

Surveys, activities and skill building tools provide self awareness needed to identify realistic career goals.

Where am I going?

Explore careers and clusters that match you and your goals. Get guidance from an eMentor.

How do I get there?

Find relevant programs and majors and identify schools and colleges offering the best return on your investment.

  • EXPLORATION
  • PLANNING
  • BADGING
  • CREDENTIALING
  • EMENTORING

About

Smart Futures is a Pittsburgh-based non-profit software development organization in the field of education and workforce development. Our mission is to provide schools and education agencies with SmartFutures.org, an online career planning and portfolio platform that helps all students be ready for post-secondary success.

SmartFutures.org uses Pennsylvania’s Academic Standards for Career Education and Work as a blueprint for the software ‘s development. Implemented in hundreds of schools and agencies in our home state, SmartFutures.org now serves as a proven framework to delivering career planning, skill credentialing, and eMentoring within any classroom in the United States.

Features

Activities Across K-Adult

Fun, interactive activities are presented across four grade ranges so that users have age-appropriate material as they progress through their schooling.

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92 Badges with Over 250 “I” Statements

SmartFutures.org uses badges to provide student-focused evidence of achievement. Activity completion leads to the award of Future Ready Badges across the four main academic standards for career education and work. “I” statements translate the learning into student-focused expressions of what they are empowered as a result of the learning.

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25 May 2010
LEVEL: 9-ADULT
  • Badge: Relationship Between Education and Career
  • Standard: Career Awareness and Preparation
FUTURE READY
I Statement:
  • I understand that there are many paths to career success.
  • I have identified post-secondary education that will help me reach my career goal.
  • I have identified 3 post-secondary programs in my career plan.
  • I have identified 3 post-secondary schools in my career plan.

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My Favorite Cards

SmartFutures.org uses interactive cards to help kids explore and research opportunities available to them, especially those within their local community. The site incorporates location-based Career Cards, Cluster Cards, Programs and Majors Cards and Schools and Colleges Cards.

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Skill Credentialing

SmartFutures.org values students’ gaining critical workplace skills while enrolled in school or a workforce readiness program. Skill improvement, badging and credentialing begins with math and reading and expands to include other 21st century skills critical to employers.

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Online Plan and Portfolio

All student completed work from k-adult is archived within the individualized Career Plan and Portfolio. Teachers and parents may access the Career Plan and Portfolio to monitor student progress and to demonstrate evidence of compliance for federal and state mandates.

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Progress Monitoring and Reporting

Instructors can monitor student progress and create class and grade level reports to satisfy annual Future Ready reporting requirements. Color indicators (green , yellow, red) visually represent progress against minimum compliance levels.

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What sets us apart, by the numbers

Planning

  • Number of career plans created 80K
  • Number of Future Ready Badges awarded last year 20K
  • Number of eMentor relationships 1K

Skill Building

  • Number of students improving their foundation skils 88K
  • Resulting increase in earning capacity $510M

Teachers: Get started with SMARTFUTURES.org now

Enroll your school and request an instructor’s access code to get 5 FREE licenses to use with your students.

All registered instructors have access to Financial Literacy 101 at no charge.

We need eMentors!!

Interested in helping students create plans for their futures? Do you have
experience that would help others navigate a career path? Do you have a story
to share? LEARN MORE and become an eMentor today.

 

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