Career Education for Young Adults

CEYA is a course taught to high school students at LOC but it's also a critical part of OIC's mission in our community. We believe that in order to escape from cyclical poverty and to reduce dependence upon public assistance, our residents need to work. And it doesn't stop at just finding a job. Once the right job is found, one must develop their daily work into a vocation, a career, in order to be self-sufficient.

Toward this end, CEYA has been designed to introduce students to the key concepts that lead to the development of a strong work ethic. It also teaches the fundamentals of career development, while encouraging students to be realistic. If the individual chooses their career well, ideally they will like their work and will be more likely to succeed throughout life.

CEYA is not just a class, it's a mirror on a critical real-world process. Following interest and personality profiling that inform a student's career choices, they learn the best methods for job hunting and progress all the way through interviewing, compensation negotiation and even the basics of household budgeting, so that they know what to expect. Interviews are video-taped and then reviewed and discussed in class among peers. In this way, each student is given invaluable preparation for a strong start to their career.

Because OIC also administers several job placement programs for Clark County and the surrounding communities, CEYA is also able to enroll students with OIC's SureHire Employment Solutions, which can help them to find their first job, on-the-job training, an internship or mentoring program, or advancement within their existing career. Whenever positions are available, CEYA also finds seasonal temporary employment for LOC students during breaks and over the summer, helping them to develop real skills and solid work habits under a CEYA instructor's supervision.

CEYA is perhaps one of the most important classes we offer at LOC and as a result, a passing grade is required by some Clark County school districts in order to graduate. See your student advocate at LOC, talk to your counselor at your home school or call LOC for more information about this program.