Jay Brickman, principal, Hinckley-Big Rock High School, Hinckley
Nominated by Hinckley-Big Rock Community Unit School District 429 Superintendent Travis L. McGuire, Brickman has proven influential in advancing the goal that all HBRHS graduates are career-ready.
He and his colleagues from across the district embarked on a three-year process to launch the HBR Career Readiness Plan that would support their definition of career-ready graduates as “those who have the skills and motivation to pursue a self-directed goal, adapt to challenges along the way and know the options to obtain their post-secondary career.”
In a 2016 survey of fifth-, eighth- and 12th-graders, 89 percent reported that they have goals related to future career ambitions, 97 percent said they had goals for the next year, 89 percent revealed that they adapt to overcome challenges and 92 percent indicated that they are ready for the next step.
“Throughout this three-year timespan, our district saw this a collective effort, not just a high school effort. While lofty, and still a work in progress, we are seeing our students have more of a focus on their self-identified career pathway,” McGuire wrote. “Mr. Brickman’s insight and input toward making a challenging, yet attainable, career readiness plan was invaluable.”