Wednesday marked the launch of two new events that will aid literally all Freshmen high school students from Crawfordsville, North Montgomery, Southmont, and Western Boone school corporations in understanding multiple pathways to career success.
The Career Exploration Field Trip involves nearly 50 companies in Montgomery and Boone Counties who will open their doors to allow tours and one-on-one discussions about careers in their respective fields. The West Central Career & Tech Ed Program Expo will give students hands-on interaction with various hi-tech gadgets as well as an opportunity to learn about the multiple programs offered in Career & Technical Education at each of the four schools.
Recognizing that a four-year post-secondary education may not be the right path for every student, these two events are just the beginning of a much broader collaborative effort by the four school corporations to help educate and prepare their students about the multiple pathways to career success.
"Exposing our freshman students to different career choices at the start of the high school education will help grow and develop their eventual post-secondary pathways, said Dr. Shawn Greiner, superintendent Southmont School Corporation, “It is our goal to help each student find meaningful options for their future, while giving them the employability skills they need to be successful upon graduation."
Every freshman was asked to complete a series of surveys about their career interests. That data was then analyzed, and students were divided into groups based on specific career clusters. The schools then identified businesses in each of the representative career clusters as possible host sites for the Career Exploration Field Trip. “When we reached out to area companies, the response was overwhelmingly positive,” said Samantha Cotten, college and career readiness coach for Southmont Schools and Crawfordsville Community School Corporation, “As a result, we have a diverse selection of businesses for students to visit, including Bane Welker Equipment, Crawfordsville Police and Fire Departments, Franciscan Health, Hoosier Heartland State Bank, New Beginnings Child Care, NUCOR, and Pace Dairy to name just a few.”
“We are so excited about this opportunity,” said Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, “The schools are directly responding to a need we hear continually from our area employers that students need to be better prepared for the workplace. I know this is just the beginning and applaud our schools for being proactive and ahead of the curve.”