Karen Phipps

About me

I am the Career and Technical Education Lead Teacher in a small urban school in Connecticut.  My department is made up of business, culinary, and technology education teachers.  I have taught Computer Applications, Entrepreneurship, Personal Finance, Accounting, and Marketing.  I have been a DECA advisor and school store supervisor.  I am interested in learning more about career pathways for students and developing a career center where students can meet with mentors, research career interests, apply for jobs, and improve soft skills. 


High School Career Services | New blog by Karen Phipps

The information obtained in CS101 will be utitlized to develope a Career Services Center at the high school level.  The Career Services Center will be a college and career pathways room that will...

Measuring Your Career Success | Origin: CS101 | New comment by Karen Phipps

In this module, I have learned the importance of feedback.  It is necessary to collect data from alumni, current students, and employers to ensure you are meeting the needs of all...

Projects for Your Students | Origin: CS101 | New comment by Karen Phipps

In this section, I have learned the importance of creating workshops for students on resume, cover letters, networking, interviews, maintaining employment, negotiating salary, and seeking...

Your Career Services | Origin: CS101 | New comment by Karen Phipps

I have learned that an established, updated, and well maintained Career Service Department (CSD) is necessary to benefit both current students, alumni, and business and industry stakeholders.  I...

Overview of Your Career Services Department | Origin: CS101 | New comment by Karen Phipps

I have learned that there are many things that need to be considered when setting up a Career Service Department (CSD).  All stakeholders (CSD staff, teachers, students, alumni, representatives...

Soft Skills Rubric Assessment | New blog by Karen Phipps

To ensure students are equipped with soft skills needed to be successful in the workplace, the Career and Technical Education department in my school is working with teachers, parents, students, admin...

Fostering Soft Skills in the Classroom| Origin: ED402 - ED403 | New comment by Karen Phipps

One important take away from the ED 403 class is to encourage students to use feedback to make improvements to hard and soft skills.  

Fostering Soft Skills in the Classroom| Origin: ED402 - ED403 | New comment by Karen Phipps

This course reinforced that good communication skills are necessary for teamwork and collaboration.  The soft skills addressed in this couse can be practiced in a variety of ways and in all...