Career Blade Arkansas: Career Awareness and Preparation System

About Career Blade Arkansas

We Help Students Visualize Careers in Your Community

As employers across the state continue to project a shortage of qualified workers, the state identified the need for a new system that will make career awareness and preparation more seamless for students, parents, employers and educators. 


The state partnered with Learning Blade creator Thinking Media to launch a career-based K-12 curriculum, Career Blade Arkansas, for educators that illustrates localized, career-focused pathways for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.


Teachers can download classroom-ready, age-appropriate lesson plans that illustrate the tasks common to careers that local businesses desire, and then link to actual local businesses near the specific school allowing more students to identify high-demand career paths that tie to new economy jobs, thereby preventing a shortage of qualified workers. 


Career Blade Arkansas is offered to all schools in Arkansas.


Partners at local Chambers, employers and schools will benefit from aggregated experience and expertise across the State for the implementation of strategies, systems and resources that improve school-to-career transitions for all students. Pilot partners will collaborate with each other and their respective Chambers to inform Thinking Media’s development of the localized Career Blade Arkansas portal.