NW AL K-12 STEM Programs
Robotics & STEM Education Opportunities
Talk to your school Counselor - Enroll in High School Career Technical Courses:
Dual Enrollment - high school classes count for college credit
Co-op, Apprenticeship & Internship Opportunities
developed by educator-participant in the Shoals Chamber's
WRI is a summer professional development opportunity for educators. For 7 day they tour NW AL businesses & industries to learn how the academics they teach in the classroom are used in everyday professions. WRI helps them answer the inevitable questions, "Why do I need to know this?" and "When will I ever use this again?"
Earn an ALSDE-approved PLU or up to 56 contact hours!
The downloadable AlabamaWorks! Career SUCCESS Guides will help you learn more about the upcoming high-demand careers in Alabama and their salary ranges, the steps you need to take to reach your career goals, and the resources available to help you get there. There are sixteen guides, one for each career cluster. Each guide also features six short bios of Alabamians who volunteered to share their story and path to their current work role right here in our great state.
Get excited about science, technology, engineering and math & get STEM ready for life!
This site is full of ready-made STEM project-based learning modules on a couple of topics TVA knows very well: electricity and energy. You’ll find PBL lessons created by Tennessee Valley teachers that align with your academic standards.
Learn more about some STEM jobs that you might like.
TVA has curriculum materials available for all grade levels to help students understand energy, electricity production, and the development of renewable energy sources.
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
(offices in every county)
Career, Job Prep / Search &
Personal Finance Resources
Parenting & Family Resources
Your Money, Your Life
These days a successful job search is much more complicated than having a good resume!
Job-Hunt.org's genuine experts share solid advice to help you to have a shorter job search.
tool from Nebraska 4-H.
for Students and Teachers
Potential is equally distributed; opportunity is not. A major driver of healthy development and opportunity is who you know and who’s in your corner. 30 years ago, MENTOR was created to expand that opportunity for young people by building a youth mentoring field and movement, serving as the expert and go-to resource on quality mentoring. The result — a more than 10x increase in young people in structured mentoring relationships, from hundreds of thousands to millions.
Today, MENTOR activates a movement across sectors that is diverse and broad and seeps into every aspect of daily life ... connecting and fueling opportunity for young people everywhere they are from schools to workplaces and beyond.
Positive youth development research has long demonstrated that youth benefit from close, caring relationships with adults who serve as positive role models (Jekielek, Moore, & Hair, 2002). Today, 8.5 million youth continue to lack supportive, sustained relationships with caring adults (Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, & Rhodes, 2009). Mentoring—which matches youth or “mentees” with responsible, caring “mentors,” usually adults—has been growing in popularity as both a prevention and intervention strategy over the past decades. Mentoring provides youth with mentors who can develop an emotional bond with the mentee, have greater experience than the mentee, and can provide support, guidance, and opportunities to help youth succeed in life and meet their goals (DuBois and Karcher, 2005). Mentoring relationships can be formal or informal with substantial variation, but the essential components include creating caring, empathetic, consistent, and long-lasting relationships, often with some combination of role modeling, teaching, and advising.
Life Skills: Courtesy, Good Decision Making, Study Skills, Emotional Control, Organization, Self-Confidence, Bullying, Dealing with the "Choking Game," How School Skills become Work Skills, etc.
(from Wisconsin Educational Communications Board)
Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.
Edutopia is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Founded by innovative and award-winning filmmaker George Lucas in 1991, we take a strategic approach to improving K-12 education through two distinct areas of focus: Edutopia and Lucas Education Research.
To educate, encourage, empower & equip individuals & organization to grow & develop strategies to live a better life personally & professionally.
To motivate others to unlock their potential & determine their destiny.
Your tool for career exploration and job analysis! O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
Change a child’s story suffering from trauma.
Rebekah’s Angels was founded to provide mental health treatment to children and families suffering from trauma. Through an extensive application process, we will evaluate each individual need, and finance trauma-focused therapy. Rebekah’s Angels believes the mental health of our children today, determines their success for the future.
Addiction Speakers List
Substance use & abuse and addiction are an on-going, perhaps even growing problem in our nation and community. We have requested from the community, volunteer speakers willing to come to schools, youth and other community organizations to tell their use, abuse, addiction & recovery stories to those who need to hear it and to encourage them not to follow those paths. This may be their story or someone else’s (with permission, where applicable) about alcohol, nicotine, illegal &/or prescription drugs.
Contact us for a list of registered speakers. The list includes their contact information, a brief overview of their story & to what size group each is comfortable speaking.
Also, if you know of others in the Shoals community who would be willing to tell their substance use, abuse, addiction, recovery story to others, please ask them to register as a speaker at this link.
WGCU has produced 16 Curious Kids shows featuring more than 140 segments highlighting: My Self… healthy eating, exercise and self esteem; My Backyard… the world of Southwest Florida from an environmental and historical perspective; and My World…. Exploring the people, places and environment of Southwest Florida and discovering characteristics shared with countries across the world.