College & Career Awareness (CCA)

College-Bound Character

Backman focuses on College Bound Character throughout the year. The staff teaches students how various characteristics and mindsets, presented weekly, can help students develop skills that will make them college and career ready. These skills are emphasized on morning announcements and through teacher-led lessons. At the end of the week, students who display that week’s characteristics are celebrated with an award, picture and college swag!

College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness is emphasized all year long at Backman Elementary. Students focus on their goals for college and career during Life Skills lessons with the counselor. They learn skills to help them set goals, explore careers based on their interests and abilities and identify what type of college can help them reach their career goals. At the end of the year, this knowledge is put to use during College and Career Week. Students dress for their future careers, do art projects based on the colleges they want to attend and participate in Career Day. This year more than twenty-five presenters came to speak their careers, including a police officer with the K9 squad, a pastry chef, an architect, a bioengineer, an art professor, a bus driver, a doctor and botanist. 

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