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Habitudes College and Career Readiness Programs

Without a firm foundation, the shift from high school to college or college to career often throws students for a loop. This career and college readiness curriculum equips young adults for the transition by developing critical skills like resilience and problem-solving.

Helping Students Develop Career Readiness Skills


Critical thinking, adaptability, resilience, and innovation are just some of the necessary skills students need to succeed in college or their careers. Unfortunately, many students don't develop them today. What if there was a straightforward way to teach students resilience, problem-solving, and other career readiness skills? That's why we used the research conducted by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium to design one of the Habitudes courses - Habitudes for Career Ready Students - to be used as a college and career readiness course.

Practical Lesson Plans

The Habitudes college and career readiness program, along with our career readiness lesson plans, uses image-based learning to help teachers engage with students. Each Habitude image introduces young adults to powerful leadership principles rooted in real life, sparking conversations with facilitators that lead to memorable experiences. These unique and transformative encounters are a part of an ongoing process that builds the leadership habits and attitudes that graduating students need for life beyond high school.

Habitudes for Career Ready Students helps teach students how to: 

  • Observe through challenges and think critically to solve them
  • Identify and harness their strengths
  • Work on a team with diverse personalities
  • And many more career readiness skills

Habitudes Case Study:
Nebraska Department of Education

Watch how the Habitudes Career Readiness program has helped prepare students throughout the state of Nebraska.

How Schools Have Used Habitudes College & Career Readiness Curriculum

Habitudes has been used in a variety of settings across 8,000 schools and organizations. Each lesson can be taught in as little as 20 minutes. The most popular uses for middle and high schools include:

  • Advisement or Homeroom Period
  • Freshmen courses and programs
  • After-school programs
  • Senior capstone courses

What's Included in Habitudes

Our college and career readiness curriculum includes access to the following resources:

Flexible Lesson Plans

Teaching Videos

Slide Decks

Group Learning Activities


Student Workbooks

What Topics Are Covered

Habitudes for Career Ready Students covers timeless topics such as:

Career Readiness Venn Diagram (1)

Results Schools Have Seen While Using Habitudes

The following results have been reported by schools who have used Habitudes:

300% Increase in Student Leadership Team

45% increase in community service hours per students

400% increase in student-initiated clubs

11% decrease in disciplinary incidents

60% decrease in fights

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Explore Other Habitudes Programs

Growing Leaders offers multiple specialized programs for teaching middle and high school students valuable life skills. The practical lesson plans of our character education program teach character development in a way that is relevant and engaging for today’s students. Our social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum offers more specific guidance for teaching social and emotional skills. Develop critical leadership skills with the high school leadership program for students already exhibiting an interest in leadership, like those in student government, student ambassadors, and other leadership clubs.