A new program being implemented in Riverton, Kansas is helping high school students make career choices, and giving them direction in the classes and activities they need to be successful in those choices.
The program is called RISE – Ready, Informed, Successful, Empowered – and its purpose is to help all high school students decide on career directions and figure out what classes they need.
“Asking kids what they want to do rather than what they want to be is the driving point of the program,” said teacher Lindsey Conway, a RISE committee member.
The program is open to freshmen through seniors. They break into small groups by grade level. Students are paired with a teacher advisor who will advise the student for their entire high school career and monitor interests and progress.
“I would say overall, it’s going pretty well,” Conway said. “What we’re trying to focus on for our kids are employability and citizenship skills.”