With ambitious plans to mentor students in careers, a high school has a message for students – your career starts at school.
“50 percent of students may go to college but 100 percent will enter a career … your career starts here”, according to the mission statement for Farmington Career Academies.
Career fairs are fine, but high school students need more. They need to learn from professionals in the field about succeeding in a career, according to Clayton Williams, Farmington Career Academies assistant principal.
During the school year, Williams is hoping to create a year round program for 530 students to meet professionals in their interest areas. He envisions Career Mentor Groups that will start in September with an introduction and planned meetings throughout. Each group would have about 20 students, and the goal is to recruit at least 25 volunteer mentors.
“We want them to be able to articulate, ‘This is what I want to do. This is why. This is what I’m planning to do to get there,'” Williams said.