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CAREER & TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COORDINATOR: Following In Her Family's Footsteps

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Allison is a career and technology education coordinator, which means that she works with teachers on career and technology education. Allison comes from a family of educators and has worked as a teacher, a reading specialist, a guidance counselor and a career liaison.

Degree: Education - Educational Administration and Supervision - Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Job Title: Career Technical Education Coordinator
Employer: Birdville Independent School District

Job Summary: Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors

Job Description

School counselors help students develop social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them choose a career or educational program.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

School counselors must have a state-issued credential to practice. This credential can be called a certification, a license, or an endorsement, depending on the state. Most states require a criminal background check as part of the credentialing process.

Certification Requirement
Required by the American School Counselors Association.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$30,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Empathy, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills

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Birdville ?]</span> <span m='5230'>Independent</span> <span m='5620'>School</span> <span m='6016'>District.</span> <span m='6810'>On a</span> <span m='7310'>day-to-day</span> <span m='7800'>basis,</span> <span m='11340'>I</span> <span m='11630'>prepare</span> <span m='11800'>students</span> <span m='12090'>for</span> <span m='12380'>the</span> <span m='12810'>future.</span> <span m='13980'>And</span> <span m='14560'>I</span> <span m='14630'>work</span> <span m='14930'>with</span> <span m='15429'>teachers</span> <span m='15928'>and</span> <span m='16427'>professionals</span> <span m='17924'>in</span> <span m='18423'>career and</span> <span m='18922'>technology</span> <span m='19421'>education.</span> </p><p><span m='20420'>I</span> <span m='20700'>work</span> <span m='20960'>the</span> <span m='21020'>year</span> <span m='21190'>long.</span> <span m='21550'>Some</span> <span m='21910'>people</span> <span m='22330'>think</span> <span m='22800'>that</span> <span m='23560'>school</span> <span m='23850'>careers,</span> <span m='24740'>you</span> <span m='24950'>have</span> <span m='25110'>your summers</span> <span m='25540'>off,</span> <span m='26200'>however,</span> <span m='26350'>I</span> <span m='26500'>work</span> <span m='26830'>year</span> <span m='27040'>long</span> <span m='27460'>to</span> <span m='27610'>get</span> <span m='27800'>ready</span> <span m='28010'>for</span> <span m='28140'>the next</span> <span m='28390'>school</span> <span m='28740'>year.</span> <span m='29640'>And</span> <span m='30680'>we</span> <span m='31010'>offer</span> <span m='31330'>all</span> <span m='31680'>16</span> <span m='32250'>career</span> <span m='32555'>pathways</span> <span m='32860'>in our</span> <span m='33359'>district.</span> <span m='34357'>And I</span> <span m='34856'>have a</span> <span m='35355'>guidance counselor</span> <span m='36353'>background,</span> <span m='36852'>and so</span> <span m='37351'>I</span> <span m='37850'>work</span> <span m='38349'>with the</span> <span m='38848'>master</span> <span m='39347'>scheduler.</span> <span m='39846'>I</span> <span m='40345'>work with</span> <span m='40844'>scheduling</span> <span m='41343'>courses,</span> <span m='41842'>finding teachers</span> <span m='42341'>to teach</span> <span m='42840'>the</span> <span m='43339'>courses.</span> </p><p><span m='43840'>And</span> <span m='44315'>my</span> <span m='44790'>most</span> <span m='45130'>important</span> <span m='45510'>job</span> <span m='46030'>is</span> <span m='47060'>informing</span> <span m='47650'>students</span> <span m='48220'>about</span> <span m='48510'>opportunities,</span> <span m='49223'>because</span> <span m='49596'>a</span> <span m='49970'>lot</span> <span m='50390'>of</span> <span m='50460'>students</span> <span m='50800'>don't</span> <span m='51140'>know</span> <span m='52064'>about</span> <span m='52526'>opportunities</span> <span m='53450'>that are</span> <span m='53912'>available</span> <span m='54374'>in high</span> <span m='54836'>school.</span> <span m='55760'>And</span> <span m='56420'>we</span> <span m='56570'>have</span> <span m='56930'>a</span> <span m='57290'>career and</span> <span m='57590'>technology</span> <span m='58100'>education</span> <span m='58680'>facility</span> <span m='60030'>that</span> <span m='60560'>offers</span> <span m='61548'>internships,</span> <span m='62536'>college</span> <span m='63030'>credit</span> <span m='63524'>while you're</span> <span m='64018'>in high school,</span> <span m='65006'>dual</span> <span m='65500'>credit</span> <span m='65994'>classes,</span> <span m='66982'>and</span> <span m='67970'>prepares</span> <span m='68464'>you</span> <span m='68958'>for</span> <span m='69452'>high</span> <span m='69946'>paying jobs</span> <span m='70440'>after you</span> <span m='70934'>graduate.</span> </p><p><span m='71922'>Well,</span> <span m='72416'>I started off</span> <span m='72910'>after I</span> <span m='73404'>graduated</span> <span m='73898'>from high</span> <span m='74392'>school--</span> <span m='75380'>from high school,</span> <span m='75874'>I went</span> <span m='76368'>to college at</span> <span m='76862'>Stephen F.</span> <span m='77356'>Austin</span> <span m='77850'>University.</span> <span m='78344'>And</span> <span m='78838'>I</span> <span m='79332'>got</span> <span m='80320'>an</span> <span m='80814'>education degree</span> <span m='81308'>to</span> <span m='81802'>be a</span> <span m='82296'>teacher.</span> <span m='82790'>After</span> <span m='83284'>I</span> <span m='83778'>graduated,</span> <span m='84300'>I</span> <span m='84720'>didn't</span> <span m='84900'>go</span> <span m='85070'>right</span> <span m='85470'>into</span> <span m='85680'>teaching.</span> <span m='85945'>I went</span> <span m='86210'>to work</span> <span m='86480'>for</span> <span m='86540'>Delta</span> <span m='86790'>Airlines.</span> <span m='87410'>And</span> <span m='88170'>I</span> <span m='88450'>was</span> <span m='88750'>in</span> <span m='88930'>management.</span> <span m='89520'>So</span> <span m='89610'>I</span> <span m='89680'>worked</span> <span m='89950'>about</span> <span m='90120'>six</span> <span m='90480'>years</span> <span m='90940'>out</span> <span m='91130'>of</span> <span m='91230'>education.</span> <span m='91910'>And</span> <span m='92250'>then--</span> <span m='93232'>I'm</span> <span m='93723'>from</span> <span m='94214'>a family</span> <span m='94705'>of</span> <span m='95196'>educators.</span> <span m='95687'>My</span> <span m='96178'>father was</span> <span m='96669'>a principal.</span> <span m='97160'>My mother</span> <span m='97651'>was a home</span> <span m='98142'>economics</span> <span m='98633'>teacher.</span> <span m='99124'>And so</span> <span m='99615'>I started</span> <span m='100106'>substituting</span> <span m='100597'>just</span> <span m='101088'>here and</span> <span m='101579'>there</span> <span m='103052'>just for</span> <span m='103543'>fun</span> <span m='104034'>because I was</span> <span m='104525'>staying home</span> <span m='105016'>with my</span> <span m='105507'>kids.</span> <span m='105998'>And</span> <span m='106489'>then</span> <span m='106980'>I</span> <span m='107471'>realized</span> <span m='107962'>that</span> <span m='108453'>I</span> <span m='108944'>was</span> <span m='109460'>born</span> <span m='109730'>to</span> <span m='110000'>be a</span> <span m='110070'>teacher.</span> <span m='110450'>I</span> <span m='110830'>think</span> <span m='110970'>it was</span> <span m='111170'>just</span> <span m='112600'>my</span> <span m='112710'>calling.</span> </p><p><span m='113750'>And</span> <span m='114030'>so</span> <span m='114620'>I</span> <span m='115116'>took a</span> <span m='115612'>teaching</span> <span m='116108'>position.</span> <span m='116604'>I went</span> <span m='117100'>right</span> <span m='117460'>from</span> <span m='117840'>teaching--</span> <span m='119515'>it seems</span> <span m='119940'>like</span> <span m='120280'>whatever's</span> <span m='120930'>happening</span> <span m='121295'>in your</span> <span m='121660'>life</span> <span m='122492'>kind</span> <span m='122908'>of</span> <span m='123324'>steers</span> <span m='123740'>you in</span> <span m='124110'>a certain</span> <span m='124380'>direction.</span> <span m='125240'>I</span> <span m='126037'>became a</span> <span m='126514'>reading</span> <span m='126991'>specialist</span> <span m='127468'>because</span> <span m='127945'>my son</span> <span m='128422'>was dyslexic.</span> <span m='129860'>And so</span> <span m='130199'>I went</span> <span m='130380'>that</span> <span m='130610'>pathway.</span> <span m='131328'>And</span> <span m='131786'>then</span> <span m='132702'>after</span> <span m='133160'>he</span> <span m='133660'>got</span> <span m='133940'>older,</span> <span m='134940'>I</span> <span m='134970'>became</span> <span m='135460'>very</span> <span m='135860'>interested</span> <span m='136440'>in</span> <span m='137030'>guidance</span> <span m='137480'>counseling</span> <span m='137710'>and</span> <span m='138365'>counseling</span> <span m='138630'>students,</span> <span m='139050'>so</span> <span m='139470'>I became</span> <span m='139890'>a</span> <span m='140310'>guidance</span> <span m='140655'>counselor.</span> <span m='141000'>I've worked</span> <span m='141230'>in</span> <span m='141360'>elementary,</span> <span m='141840'>middle</span> <span m='142320'>school,</span> <span m='143097'>high</span> <span m='143574'>school.</span> <span m='144051'>And</span> <span m='144528'>then I</span> <span m='145005'>was a</span> <span m='145482'>career</span> <span m='145959'>liaison,</span> <span m='146436'>which</span> <span m='146913'>led me</span> <span m='147390'>to be a</span> <span m='147867'>career and</span> <span m='148344'>technology</span> <span m='148821'>educator</span> <span m='149298'>coordinator.</span> </p><p><span m='150740'>So</span> <span m='150880'>I</span> <span m='150980'>received</span> <span m='151430'>my</span> <span m='151500'>master's</span> <span m='152260'>in school</span> <span m='152750'>counseling</span> <span m='153730'>and then</span> <span m='154220'>also a master's</span> <span m='154710'>in school</span> <span m='155200'>administration.</span> </p><p><span m='156180'>What</span> <span m='156670'>I</span> <span m='156710'>wish</span> <span m='157070'>I knew</span> <span m='157200'>when I</span> <span m='157390'>started my</span> <span m='157670'>career</span> <span m='157950'>is--</span> <span m='158447'>I don't</span> <span m='158944'>know if</span> <span m='159441'>you've</span> <span m='159938'>ever heard</span> <span m='160435'>of it</span> <span m='160932'>or</span> <span m='161429'>if</span> <span m='161930'>many</span> <span m='162120'>people</span> <span m='162380'>have</span> <span m='162440'>heard</span> <span m='162730'>of</span> <span m='162810'>the</span> <span m='162880'>Gallup</span> <span m='163390'>strengths</span> <span m='164130'>finder.</span> <span m='165048'>And</span> <span m='166004'>it's</span> <span m='169350'>done</span> <span m='169820'>by</span> <span m='170000'>Gallup.</span> <span m='170330'>And</span> <span m='171502'>you</span> <span m='171994'>take</span> <span m='172486'>this</span> <span m='172978'>online</span> <span m='174454'>survey,</span> <span m='175438'>and it</span> <span m='175930'>identifies</span> <span m='176422'>your top</span> <span m='176914'>five</span> <span m='177406'>strengths.</span> <span m='178882'>And</span> <span m='180360'>if</span> <span m='180530'>you</span> <span m='180700'>know</span> <span m='180940'>what</span> <span m='181170'>your</span> <span m='181260'>strengths</span> <span m='181720'>are--</span> <span m='182120'>which</span> <span m='182380'>I</span> <span m='182420'>think</span> <span m='182620'>everybody</span> <span m='182710'>kind of</span> <span m='183050'>knows</span> <span m='183260'>what their</span> <span m='183430'>strength</span> <span m='183850'>are,</span> <span m='184120'>but this</span> <span m='184300'>kind</span> <span m='184480'>of</span> <span m='184610'>validates</span> <span m='185180'>what</span> <span m='185480'>your strengths</span> <span m='185760'>are--</span> <span m='186430'>you</span> <span m='186630'>can</span> <span m='187070'>learn</span> <span m='187620'>to</span> <span m='189570'>concentrate</span> <span m='190170'>on</span> <span m='190290'>those</span> <span m='190400'>strengths</span> <span m='192000'>and</span> <span m='192265'>then</span> <span m='192530'>build</span> <span m='192840'>your</span> <span m='193100'>career</span> <span m='193500'>on</span> <span m='193840'>what your</span> <span m='194317'>strengths</span> <span m='194794'>are.</span> </p><p><span m='195271'>And</span> <span m='195748'>also,</span> <span m='196225'>inf</span> <span m='196702'>our</span> <span m='197179'>district,</span> <span m='197656'>everybody</span> <span m='198133'>takes that</span> <span m='198610'>Gallup</span> <span m='199087'>strengths</span> <span m='199564'>finder,</span> <span m='200041'>and so</span> <span m='200520'>you know</span> <span m='200900'>what</span> <span m='201400'>everybody</span> <span m='201820'>else's</span> <span m='202040'>strengths</span> <span m='202520'>are.</span> <span m='203001'>So</span> <span m='203482'>when you</span> <span m='203963'>have a</span> <span m='204444'>project</span> <span m='204925'>that you want</span> <span m='205406'>to do,</span> <span m='205887'>you say,</span> <span m='206370'>hey,</span> <span m='206750'>that</span> <span m='207020'>person is an</span> <span m='207400'>activator.</span> <span m='208050'>He's going</span> <span m='208320'>to get</span> <span m='208590'>things</span> <span m='208900'>going.</span> <span m='209690'>This</span> <span m='209910'>person's</span> <span m='210320'>strength</span> <span m='210810'>is</span> <span m='211300'>responsibility.</span> <span m='212770'>Or if</span> <span m='212830'>somebody</span> <span m='213300'>is</span> <span m='213660'>a</span> <span m='214030'>WOO--</span> <span m='214440'>that</span> <span m='214620'>means</span> <span m='215095'>winning others</span> <span m='215570'>over--</span> <span m='216520'>well,</span> <span m='216700'>they're</span> <span m='216930'>going</span> <span m='217040'>to</span> <span m='217090'>go</span> <span m='217430'>out</span> <span m='217700'>and</span> <span m='218340'>win</span> <span m='218550'>everybody</span> <span m='218910'>over.</span> <span m='219410'>If</span> <span m='219690'>you</span> <span m='219790'>have</span> <span m='219940'>to work</span> <span m='220030'>with the</span> <span m='220490'>public</span> <span m='220950'>or PR.</span> </p><p><span m='222060'>And</span> <span m='222550'>my number</span> <span m='222950'>one</span> <span m='223275'>strength</span> <span m='223600'>is</span> <span m='224070'>adaptability.</span> <span m='225010'>And</span> <span m='225480'>that's</span> <span m='225950'>something</span> <span m='226420'>that</span> <span m='226890'>you</span> <span m='227830'>really</span> <span m='228300'>have to</span> <span m='228780'>be--</span> <span m='229280'>I</span> <span m='229380'>mean,</span> <span m='229790'>I've</span> <span m='229970'>really</span> <span m='230370'>been</span> <span m='230720'>able</span> <span m='230930'>to</span> <span m='231070'>use</span> <span m='231380'>that</span> <span m='231560'>strength</span> <span m='232260'>in</span> <span m='232410'>education</span> <span m='232990'>because</span> <span m='233520'>adaptable,</span> <span m='234010'>everything's</span> <span m='234570'>changing.</span> <span m='235470'>So</span> <span m='235690'>maybe</span> <span m='236020'>on</span> <span m='236130'>one</span> <span m='236310'>project</span> <span m='236605'>when something</span> <span m='236900'>happens,</span> <span m='237320'>you have</span> <span m='237770'>to go</span> <span m='237990'>another</span> <span m='238160'>direction.</span> <span m='238690'>So</span> <span m='239160'>adaptability</span> <span m='239540'>is</span> <span m='239920'>something</span> <span m='240220'>I'm really</span> <span m='240520'>good at</span> <span m='240820'>at,</span> <span m='241120'>and</span> <span m='241420'>I think</span> <span m='241720'>it's</span> <span m='242020'>paid</span> <span m='242320'>off</span> <span m='242620'>for</span> <span m='242920'>me.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255858,"video_id":"2708339296001","name":"70594596","duration":243498,"thumbnail_url":null}});