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Career Center

the Real Game California

Our Miller's Hill 8th Graders participate in The Real Game California, an innovative career exploration program developed through the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education, and customized to California by the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN).


The Real Game California is aligned with national career development standards, and also with California Academic (Content) Standards.

Participating in The Real Game California allows 8th grade students to:


  • assume an adult work role and explore aspects
    of adult life in a safe, supportive environment.
  • realize the importance of education.
  • emphasize the value of work and the importance.
    of ongoing education, teamwork, and positive attitudes.
  • learn how school courses are relevant to future life
    and work roles.

The curriculum is based on real-world scenarios and is highly interactive. Throughout the game, students:

  • role play contemporary adult roles, based on California workforce realities.
  • learn about many aspects of real life that you and all adults face regularly.
  • hold a job, and balance work and other aspects of their character’s lives.
  • Budget for housing, groceries, transportation, and other needs.
  • Learn time management, goal setting, and problem solving.
  • Learn skills they will be able to use throughout their lives.

The involvement of community members, particularly parents and guardians, is a key element of The Real Game California program.