• Career Ready Programs 8th Grade Information


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    Blue Valley offers exciting opportunities that await your student when they enter high school in Blue Valley. Blue Valley has developed a partnership with Johnson County Community College to offer options for career-ready certifications in exciting fields such as:


    • Automotive Technology
    • Construction Management
    • Culinary and Hospitality
    • Cybersecurity, Electrical Technology
    • Electronics Technology
    • HVAC
    •  Nail Technician
    • Plumbing Technology
    • Welding and Metal Fabrication


    Participation in these programs takes place while students are also enrolled in courses at their home high school. 

    Additionally, students who want to get a jumpstart on their college education can also choose to earn their associate’s degree, along with their high diploma, as full-time JCCC students during their junior and senior years in high school- at little to no cost to them or their families. 

    The Overland Park Fire Department has also partnered with Blue Valley and JCCC to offer a pathway for students to earn certifications toward being a firefighter/paramedic with an Emergency Medical Responder license. 

Career Ready Programs

  • Career Ready Programs


    Blue Valley Career Ready Programs (CRP) provide learners with the knowledge and skills they need to prepare for college and careers. CRP gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge with a career focus. 


    Career Ready Programs offer:

    • Relevant hands-on learning opportunities
    • Preparation for high-skill, high-wage, high demand careers
    • Professional learning experiences
    • Leadership and interpersonal skills
    • Connections with business and industry
    • College credit


    Blue Valley currently offers 12 career pathways. High school students choose from a variety of different options. Such as business management and entrepreneurship, health science, marketing, culinary and event management, programming and software development, and more. 


    Through partnerships with Johnson County Community College and the Overland Park Fire Department, Career Ready Programs also offer unique and, for some, life-changing opportunities for learners. Each program has a different set of requirements and information. If interested, learners will work with the Blue Valley Career Ready Program Liaison to JCCC or a high school counselor to create a plan that will allow enough time for one of these programs in a student's schedule.


    While these opportunities are a few years away for your student, we know that it is never too early to start planning for your child’s future. There are so many opportunities available through Blue Valley; we are really proud of these partnerships and the doors they open for our students. If you would like to learn more about these opportunities please review the information below:


    Adam Wessel, Director of Career Ready Programs, and Sarah Beren, Career Ready Programs Liaison to JCCC, will visit all nine Blue Valley middle schools during flex-time to visit with all 8th graders about these opportunities.


    • March 22- Aubry Bend Middle 
    • March 23- Blue Valley Middle 
    • March 24- Harmony Middle
    • March 28- Lakewood Middle & Leawood Middle 
    • March 31- Overland Trail Middle 
    • April 1- Oxford Middle 
    • April 6- Prairie Star Middle 
    • April 7- Pleasant Ridge Middle 

    On Thursday, April 14th, we will offer a Career Ready Programs Information Night for all 8th grade students/parents/guardians. Representatives from Blue Valley, JCCC and OPFD will be in attendance to share further information and answer any questions you may have. The event will take place at the Hilltop Conference Center (7710 W. 143rd St.) at 6:30 pm

    Lastly, we will also be offering opportunities for students to visit JCCC and the OPFD Fire Training Center to see the programs in action, speak with faculty and students, and learn even more about these exciting opportunities! 

    JCCC trip: April 21st (12:30-2:00 @ JCCC) 

    OPFD trip: April 27th (12:30-2:00 @ OPFD FTC)

    To sign your student up for either/both trips, please complete this FORM by Friday, April 8th.  Transportation will be provided. 

    If you have questions, please visit the Career Ready Programs website or email Adam Wessel, Director of Career Ready Programs, at ajwessel@bluevalleyk12.org and/or Sarah Beren, Career Ready Programs Liaison to JCCC, at sberen@bluevalleyk12.org.

    We look forward to sharing all these programs have to offer with you and your students and hope to see you and students at our upcoming events! 




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