Portfolio

The purpose of the JATC College and Career Ready Student Portfolio is to help students prepare and be in a position to make that next-step transition after high school.  The JATC College and Career Ready Student Portfolio is designed to give students the opportunity to experience leadership, demonstrate competency in their program of study, develop career ready skills and prepare for college.

In order to successfully complete the JATC College and Career Ready Student Portfolio, students must complete both Core and Supplemental requirements in four areas: LeadershipProgram CompetencyCareer Readiness and College Readiness.

Students can download a Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet 2013-2014 to keep track of the portfolio requirements.

Requirements and documents necessary for each component of the JATC College and Career Ready Student Portfolio are detailed below.

Leadership

Core – Complete both of the following:

  • Youth Leadership Organization Membership – Student must join and be an active member of their program’s CTSO.  Teacher will certify membership with a signature on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet and student will include this signed CTSO Membership Certificate in their student portfolio.
  • Service Learning Project Participation – Student must participate in a minimum of one service learning project (4 hrs) during the current school year.  Teacher will verify service learning project completion with a signature on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet and student will include this completed Service Learning Documentation form in their student portfolio.  Giving back to your community can boost your scholarship resume. If you are looking for local volunteer opportunities, Utah Volunteer Center Association and YouthLinc  have opportunities waiting for you!

Supplemental – Complete two of the following*:

  • CTSO Officer – Student will obtain a signature on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet from their advisor and include this completed CTSO Leadership Documentation Form in their student portfolio.
  • JATC Student Ambassador – Student will obtain a signature on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet from their advisor and include this completed JATC Ambassador Documentation Form in their student portfolio.
  • Leadership Conference Attendance – Student must attend at least on leadership conference during the academic year. Verification will be indicated with their teacher’s signature and a copy of their leadership conference participation certificate in their student portfolio.
  • CTSO Competition Participation – Student must compete in at least one event in a CTSO competition during the academic year.  Verification will be indicated with their teacher’s signature and a copy of their performance certificate in their student portfolio.
  • Service Learning Project Leader – Student will initiate and lead a service learning project with a group of their peers.  Documentation of this project will be indicated with their teacher’s signature that the student has included this Leadership Documentation Letter in their student portfolio.
  • Other Documented Leadership Experience – Student will obtain a signature on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet from their teacher verifying that the student has included this Leadership Documentation Letter in their student portfolio.

Program Competency

Core – Complete the following:

  • Earn a minimum of a “B” in JATC Program – Student must earn a minimum of a “B” grade in all JATC courses.  Student must include a copy of their report card or Skyward grade printout that shows all JATC coursework completed up to the time of their portfolio submission.

Supplemental – Complete three of the following*:

  • Career Pathway Completion – Students must complete all of the coursework in one of the CTE Pathways, submit a Pathway Completer Application, and be awarded a Pathway Completer Certificate.  The student must include the Pathway Completer Certificate in their student portfolio (Pathway Completer Certificates will be issued in early May).
  • Senior Project Completion – Student will complete a senior project as defined and certified by their program instructor on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet.  A copy of the senior project or a one-page description of the project must be included in the student portfolio.
  • Presentation Skills Demonstration – Student will conduct a formal classroom presentation as defined and certified by their program instructor on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet.  A copy of the presentation must be included in the student portfolio
  • Writing Sample/Student Reflection – Student will complete a student reflection writing assignment and include it in the student portfolio as assigned and certified by their program instructor on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet…or, alternately, student may complete this Writing Reflection Activity for inclusion in the student portfolio.
  • Clinical/Practicum Completion – Student will successfully complete a clinical or practicum experience as certified by their program instructor on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet.  This Clinical/Practicum Reflection Paper  must also be included in the student portfolio.
  • USOE Certification – Student will achieve a USOE certification.  Student can achieve a USOE Certification by successfully completing an end of course skills test.  The certificate issued will be included in the student portfolio.
  • Industry Certification – Student will achieve an industry certification related to their program of study as certified by inclusion of the certificate and verified by a signature of their program instructor on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet.

Career Readiness

Core – Complete all of the following:

  • Cover Letter – Student will include a completed cover letter in their student portfolio.  For guidelines on constructing a Cover Letter, follow this hyperlink to UtahFutures (link). On UtahFutures students can use the “Browse UtahFutures.org” feature to search for tips on creating a Cover Letter.
  • Resume – Student will include a completed resume in their student portfolio.  For guidelines on constructing a Resume, follow this hyperlink to UtahFutures (link). On UtahFutures students can use the “Browse UtahFutures.org” feature to search for tips on creating a Resume.
  • References – Student will include a personal reference list for use in employment pursuit in the student portfolio.  For guidelines on creating a personal reference list, follow this hyperlink (link).
  • Professional Dress – Student will participate in a minimum of two “Professional Dress” days as planned in their JATC program or at the school level.  Certification of professional dress participation will be indicated by a JATC staff member on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet and inclusion of a JATC Professional Dress Certificate.  For tips on professional dress see “Dress for Success.”

Supplemental – Complete three of the following*:

  • Maintain Employment – minimum 3 months – Student will maintain employment for a minimum of three consecutive months as verified by employer on this Employment Verification Document which will be included in the student portfolio.
  • Job Shadow or Externship – Student will successfully complete a job shadow or externship as certified by their program instructor with signature on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet.  Student must also include this Job Shadow/Externship Reflection Paper in their student portfolio.
  • “Mock” Interview Completion – Student will complete a mock job interview with a JATC staff member.  The JATC staff member conducting the interview will certify successful completion of the interview with a signature on the Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet and grading rubric to be included in the student portfolio.  The JATC staff member conducting the mock interview should use this Mock Job Interview Document to complete the interview and the student will include the completed document in the student portfolio.
  • Attendance at School – absent no more than 3 days – Student will include a verified attendance record in the student portfolio.  Attendance verifications are available from JATC’s school registrar.  Attendance is verified after the end of third quarter.  If a student elects not to include this component in their portfolio because their absenteeism has exceeded 3 days, portfolio completers may not exceed 10 absences and still earn a medallion (this exclusion may be appealed to the school’s Principal if the absences are due to extenuating circumstances).
  • Punctuality at School – tardy no more than 4 days – Student will include a verified punctuality record in the student portfolio.  Punctuality verifications are available from JATC’s school registrar.  Punctuality is verified after the end of third quarter.
  • Employability Skills Documentation – Student must participate in a work-based learning (CWE) activity/position and have their performance evaluated for inclusion in the student portfolio on this document.
  • UtahFutures Activity – Student must complete the “Occupational Sort” activity in UtahFutures.  Once the Occupational Sort activity is fully completed, all worksheets and occupational lists must be printed for certification and inclusion in the student portfolio.  To navigate to the activity, go to www.utahfutures.org, click on “Browse UtahFutures.org” then click on “Occupations and Jobs” and finally, “Occupational Sort.”

College Readiness

Core – Complete all of the following:

  • College Report - Student must complete a College Report that compares and contrasts 3 colleges of consideration.  The report will be included in the student  portfolio.  Guidelines for the report are available here.  The suggested way to compile the report is in an Excel spreadsheet.  List the colleges to be compared horizontally and the data points vertically.  This link will allow you to download and use an Excel template for the college report.
  • Formal College Campus Visit – Student must schedule and attend a formal campus visit at the college of their choice.  Various campus visit opportunities are available and can usually be explored by visiting an institution’s website.  Examples of opportunities available at some local institutions are posted at these links:  The University of Utah   Westminster College   Utah Valley University   Brigham Young University.  Students will use this College Visit Document to gather information during their visit and include the report in the student portfolio.
  • Scholarship Application – Student must complete and submit at least two scholarship applications.  Scholarship opportunities are posted on the JATC website under the “Current Students” navigation menu.  A copy of the applications, email confirmations or a print screen verification of the electronic submission of the applications must be included in the student portfolio.

Supplemental – Complete four of the following*:

  • Letter of Recommendation – Student will obtain at least one letter of recommendation for use on scholarship and/or college admissions applications.  Student will use the JATC “College & Scholarship Recommendation Form” available for download here.  A copy of the letter of recommendation will be included in the student portfolio.
  • College Essay/Writing Sample – Student will write and include a college admissions essay in their student portfolio.  The CollegeBoard has essay writing tips and sample essays at this link.
  • Financial Aid Seminar Attendance – Student must attend a Financial Aid Night that is sponsored by the Utah Council and UHEAA.  Resource literature from the presentation must be included in the portfolio.  Financial Aid Presentations, including dates and locations are posted on this link.
  • CTE or other Scholarship Award – Student must receive a CTE or scholarship award.  Certification of this award would be the inclusion of the award letter in the student portfolio.
  • Concurrent Enrollment Credit – Student must earn Concurrent Enrollment credit from one of JATC’s partnering higher education institutions.  Certification of this credit would be the inclusion of a copy of the college transcript that shows awarded credit in the student portfolio.  Unofficial transcripts are satisfactory.  Unofficial transcripts from the Salt Lake Community College partner can be obtained from the student’s MyPage account.  Weber State, Utah State, and Utah Valley University have similar student portals where unofficial transcripts can be obtained.
  • High School Transcript – Student must include a copy of their high school transcript in their student portfolio.  High school transcripts are generally available from the boundary school’s registrar’s office.
  • ACT/SAT Completion – Student must include a copy of their ACT or SAT results in their portfolio.
  • PLAN Test Completion – Student must include a copy of their PLAN test results in their portfolio.
  • FAFSA Application – Student must complete a FAFSA application.  Certification of a FAFSA submission to the federal government would be the inclusion of the Student Aid Report (SAR) in the student portfolio.  The SAR is generally delivered via email 72 hours after submission of an electronic FAFSA.  For more information and guidance on FAFSA submission, students should attend a Financial Aid Night sponsored by the Utah Council and UHEAA.  Additional information is available in the Financial Aid section of the JATC website.
  • PSAT Completion – Student must take the PSAT/NMSQT examination in the fall of their junior year.  A copy of the test results must be included in the student portfolio for certification.  High schools administer the PSAT/NMSQT each October.  Student should check with the Guidance Center at their boundary school for testing date and registration information.
  • UtahFutures Activity – Student must complete the “Undergraduate School Sort” activity in UtahFutures.  Once the activity is fully completed, the list of schools generated as well as individual school facts pages must be printed for certification and inclusion in the student portfolio. To navigate to the Undergraduate School Sort activity, go to www.utahfutures.org, click on “Browse UtahFutures.org” then click on “Education and Training” and finally “School Sort.”
  • Complete an Approved Early College Course – Student will complete an approved early college course.  Currently, Salt Lake Community College offers tuition-free, on-campus Concurrent Enrollment courses in the late afternoon/early evening.  Early deadlines apply (generally in October)!  See the JATC counselor for assistance with registration.

*Should there be extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from being able to complete all of the supplementary items in a given portfolio component, a student may apply for a substitution using a “wild card” as outlined in this portfolio document.