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GUEST COMMENTARY: VHS offers students taste of future careers

Date: 4/11/2016 through 4/11/2016

What would you like to do when you grow up? What are your interests? What can you see yourself doing for the next 30 years?

These are guiding questions for most students as they choose classes and programs while making their way through high school and preparing for their futures.

In assisting students with the planning for life after graduation, the Valparaiso High School Guidance Department will promote Career Month in April. The event offers teachers the opportunity to invite parent volunteers and members of the community to share their career experiences.

In addition, the volunteers also will discuss career pathways as well as the skills and education that are needed in chosen fields of study.

In reinforcing the Indiana College and Career Readiness curriculum, the Valparaiso High School Guidance Department hopes students will gain insight and exposure to a variety of careers as well as the necessary preparation and skills needed for these jobs.

As stated on the Indiana Department of Education website, “The mission of the College and Career Readiness Curriculum and Career Technical Education in Indiana is to ensure that the academic achievement and career preparation of Indiana students will be the best in the U.S. and on par with the most competitive countries in the world.”

 
 

The VHS Guidance Department will be working with Northwest Indiana Division of Junior Achievement as well as the Center of Workforce Innovations to establish a database of speakers. The database will contain a variety of careers with varying levels of education that include four-year college degrees as well as two-year degrees and apprenticeships.

Specialized schools and school-to-work programs with Northwest Indiana companies will be represented as well.

“Our goal is to create a database of willing presenters to speak to classes about their career. Each VHS teacher will have access to this database and can select and then contact the presenter who would be able to visit VHS any day in April per the teacher’s recommendation,” said VHS Guidance Director Mrs. Gloria Zimmerman.

“The speakers can be in careers academically related to the class or in careers that students in the class identify as an interest area.”

Part of the VHS Career Month will spotlight Career Week, which will run April 25-29. Featured during this week will be the military, transportation and trucking, manufacturing, Northwest Indiana industries and entertainment and hospitality fields. Students interested in these career areas can sign up in the guidance office for their scheduled times and days.

Gordana Sormaz is a Valparaiso High School counselor. Valparaiso High School is a READY NWI school. The opinions are the writer's.

Source: http://www.nwitimes.com/business/jobs-and-employment/workplace/commentary/guest-commentary-vhs-offers-students-taste-of-future-careers/article_e444c525-2a8b-5122-a6d0-7543284080e4.html

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