What is Stride Career Prep?
Welcome to Stride Career Prep at Arkansas Virtual Academy –Career Technical Education CTE
By enrolling in CTE courses, ARVA offers students in grades 6-12 every opportunity to learn from peer collaboration, work-based learning, career and technical student organizations, pathway concentrator status, project-based learning, industry-recognized certification preparation, internships, job shadowing, practicums, industry chats, resume and portfolio building, and many more educational career learning connections. These experiences combined with course content in 5 occupational areas, including 20 career pathways, allow for a differentiated high school experience leading to college/university enrollment, career placement and/or military enlistment.
We are thrilled to have you enrolled with ARVA as a Stride Career Prep family. Should you have additional questions about SCP, please reach out to your school counselor or Lisa Short, Stride Career Prep Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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Student Success Coaching
ARVA high school students can meet with Stride Success Coaches to get advice on creating résumés, networking, interviewing, financial aid, college preparation, internships, and more! These virtual sessions are free to students at K12-powered schools.
Our Success Coaches also host live, interactive webinars to better prepare students for their futures with expert insight and advice on college and career prep. These events are open to all high school students.
Students can search and filter hundreds of internship listings to find on-the-job learning experiences they can complete before graduation. A perfect complement to a Stride Career Prep education, a high school internship is another great way to get ahead on future goals. We also offer tips and advice about building a resume, honing interview skills, and keeping motivated on the job. Internship listings are updated daily, so be sure to check back often.
Find Your Perfect
High School Internship
Build Your Resume and Gain Real-World Skills
You can also:
Participate in career clubs
Prepare to take industry-recognized certification exams upon graduation*
Gain workplace skills
Stride Career Prep Motivates Students to Find Their Passion
"The career focused classes are a great preparation for life and the job place." –Amy Johnson, ARVA Head of School
Stride Career Prep students can enroll in career clubs, also called career technical service organizations (CTSOs). CTSOs give students with similar career interests the opportunity to connect, practice professional skills, work on service projects, take field trips, and compete against other schools at the local, state, and national levels. Stride Career Prep at ARVA offers these career clubs:
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
FBLA helps students prepare for careers in business and business-related fields through leadership development, academic competitions, community service, awards, and more.
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
This national CTSO is for students interested in the services surrounding families and consumers. Participation allows students to:
- Build real-world skills
- Explore career opportunities
- Engage in events and competitions
- Apply for scholarships and awards
National FFA Organization (FFA)
This intracurricular organization is available for students enrolled in an agriculture course. FFA is committed to providing students with a path to achievement in leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Students in FFA can:
- Build valuable skills through hands-on learning
- Explore their interests in a range of agricultural careers
- Participate in competitions based on real-world agricultural skills
Technology Student Association (TSA)
TSA is a national, nonprofit CTSO of middle school and high school students who are engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Since TSA was chartered in 1978, over 5,000,000 student have benefited from membership. Students in TSA can:
- Compete in a wide variety of STEM competitions—from biotechnology and cybersecurity to STEM animation
- Participate in intracurricular activities and community service
- Gain 21st-century leadership skills
With curriculum that covers 130 job categories and more than 600 national partners—businesses, trade associations, and unions—SkillsUSA gives students the opportunity to:
- Practically apply what they learn in the classroom
- Take courses in addition to those offered by the ARVA course catalog
- Participate in academic competitions and community service activities
- Connect with like-minded students who have similar career and academic interests
- Earn scholarships offered exclusively through SkillsUSA
*Many Microsoft®️ Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who participate in the program for at least two years will have further preparation for certification testing.