Focusing on career and workplace development at school is a radical new development for elementary and middle school students in one district.
In Wickliffe School District, students as young as 9 years old are thinking ahead about the pathways to their careers and college.
The schools have implemented a ten year plan, providing opportunities for career and college planning, so that students are prepared for life after high school. Students in grades 4 through 12 participate in the program.
According to Wickliffe Schools Director of Strategic Innovation Julie Ramos, students are to meet on a regular basis with school counselors. They explore opportunities, visit colleges, businesses, nonprofits, and health care facilities. The students can interact with professionals and receive internships and job shadowing opportunities.
The school district is recruiting volunteers for the series of professional speakers.
“With that being said, you are invited to share your personal experiences in any of the combination of the following: education beyond high school, your career path, your position description, your day-to-day responsibilities, as well as the future of your industry,” Ramos said. ”We are asking for volunteers to take 10 to 15 minutes to share some of these experiences with the students. We are looking for any career to be discussed. With your help, we can introduce students to a multitude of possible careers. The possibilities are endless and students’ futures are limitless.”