Gateway to Careers

Course Overview

Teacher(s) Michael Joyce and Melissa Eckstein

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Phone Number: (856) 848-8200   Mr. Joyce: ext. 621 Mrs. Eckstein ext. 228

Google Classroom Code: All students will be required to join the Gateway to Careers  google classroom. The code to join is eo84bge

Course Description:

This course is an elective that is designed for students who want to gain the skills necessary to be successful in the workforce.  The focus of this two-semester course is on the career search process and adjusting to the world of work. The first semester will focus on career exploration and the second semester on development of work place skills through an internship placement.

Course Expectations and Assessments:

This 15-credit course prepares students for the world of work and is set up like a college course. While the students meet every day during 6th period (September –January) they have additional class work to be completed during 7th and 8th periods. The students may stay at school (library, guidance office) or may sign out at the main office with Mrs. Spross during 7th/8th period to complete their work at home. During the second semester (February-June) students will meet during 6th periods on Mondays only for weekly seminar and then complete their internships 6th-8th periods. Each student will have their own unique internship experience and will work out an exact schedule and expectations with their placement before beginning their internship.

Required Materials:

Chrome Books are required to be brought to class every day charged, as they will be used for research and completion of assignments.


Succeeding in the World of Work by Glencoe c. 2008 will be available in the classroom as a resource and students may check out the book if needed.

Submitting work/ Emailing Assignments:

Work should be turned in through the google classroom through the provided Gateway student email only. Newly created documents should be shared with the teacher(s) at (Semester One) and both and (Semester Two). Instructors should be able to see revision history. Assignments may be submitted early but must be turn in work by the class period on the day the assignment is due.  Emailed assignments or shared documents after the class period it is due will be considered late.

Test Retake Policy:

In order to qualify for a retake of a unit test, students must have completed related classwork and homework relating to that unit on time (scavenger hunt, scenarios, small projects) and complete form with parent approval and schedule a conference with the instructor before retaking test. Students needing to make-up or retake a test will arrange a mutually agreed upon time with the teacher outside of 6th period class.


Students may set up an appointment for extra help, makeup or test retakes after school Tuesday-Thursdays in Room 410. From November through January Mock Trial practice will also meet during this time.

Grading Policies:

The class is divided into units with the point values for each assignment clearly labeled on the unit overview sheet posted on the google classroom at the beginning of each unit. In accordance with department policy, grades are posted by category as follows:

Semester One:    Mr. Joyce Primary Instructor and Mrs. Eckstein (Support)

Support Assignments worth 10% of their final grade

Secondary Assignments worth 30% of their final grade

Primary Assignments worth 60% of their final grade

Semester Two:   Mrs. Eckstein Primary Instructor and Mr. Joyce (Support)

Secondary Assignments (Weekly Reflection) worth 30% of final grade (Mr. Joyce)

Primary Assignments (Internship Placement/ Log of Hours/ Culminating Assignments worth 70% of final grade (Mrs. Eckstein)

Semester One

Units of Study                                Primary Assessments

Finding your Career (Sept)                        Career Profiles

 Job Shadow/Personal Interview

Job Search  (Oct-Nov)                          Job, College, Scholarship Application

Cover Letter and Résumé

Mock Interview/ Reflection


Teamwork and Leadership & Communication(Nov)   Written Business Communication

                                                  Unit Test

WorkPlace Ethics, Safety and Legal Matters (Dec)   Unit Test

Workplace Discipline        (Jan)                          Time/Organization Management Log

                                                  Unit Test

Lifelong Learning  (Jan)                          Business Card/ Network

Semester Two

Internship Placement        (Feb-June)                Visitation/ Feedback from Employer

                                                Log of Internship Hours

                                                Self Reflection

                                                Culminating Presentation

Classroom Behavioral Expectations:

1. Respect other people’s rights, person, and property.

2. Gateway Code of Conduct will be followed and enforced.
Students in this unique program represent themselves, the school and their teachers and families when completing the internship.  Students will be pulled from the internship if their behavior does not meet expectations of the school or the business. This is internship is an opportunity, not a right.

4. Do your own work! Copying a classmate’s work or allowing someone to copy yours will equal an automatic 0 on the assignment for both of you plus an hour of detention and notice to your counselor and parents.


You are responsible for the information presented in class even when you are absent including excused absences. Please discuss long-term absences (vacations, extended college visits) ahead of time. Make a friend with someone in class who can  help you catch up.


Majority of employers report that need and expect workers to show up on time. Being on time is a crucial workplace requirement. Attendance is taken at the beginning of class; if you are not in your assigned seat when the bell rings you are late. Excessive tardies will lower your grade and result in detention time!

Late work:

All assignments for the unit are handed out at the beginning of the unit. Late Projects will be reduced by 10 % per day and will not be accepted once the unit is completed.

Possible films used for instruction and reflection:

The following film will be required viewing for this class. If you or your parents have an objection to this film, substitute assignments will be made available.  

Pursuit of Happyness (Finding a Job Unit)