Cass Lake-Bena High School Students Visit NTC To Explore Careers Paths
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Cass Lake-Bena High School Students Visit NTC To Explore Careers Paths


AGO.>>>FRESHMAN STUDENTS FROM CASS LAKE-BENA HIGH SCHOOL WERE ABLE TO EXPLORE DIFFERENT CAREER PATHS AT NORTHWEST TECHNICAL COLLEGE TODAY AS A PART OF THEIR CAREER PATHWAYS PROGRAM. REPORTER DESTINY WIGGINS TELLS US HOW THIS EXPERIENCE IS IMPORTANT TO BOTH THE COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.>>IN 2009, MINNESOTA STATE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION LED AN INITIATIVE THAT FOCUSED ON TECHNICAL SKILL ASSESSMENTS IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS THAT ARE OFFERED IN HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES THROUGHOUT THE STATE. NORTHWEST TECHNICAL COLLEGE IS ONE COLLEGE THAT IS FOLLOWING THIS INITIATIVE, WHICH IS MAKING AN IMPACT ON STUDENTS’ LIVES.>>WE’RE SETTING UP THESE CAREER ACADEMIES, AND WE’RE HAVING THEM COME TODAY FOR KIND OF A BASIC INTRODUCTION TO OUR CAMPUS, ON DIFFERENT PROGRAMS WE HAVE, AND THEY GET TO GO THROUGH AND DO ROTATIONS AND A LOT OF DIFFERENT PROGRAMS, DO SOME HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL HELP THEM DECIDE WHAT TYPE OF CAREER ACADEMY OR PATH THEY MAY WANT TO JOIN IN THE PROGRAM.>>STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THREE CAREER ROTATIONS TO GET A GLIMPSE OF WHAT EACH SPECIFIC CAREER PATH MAY LOOK LIKE. THE CAREERS INCLUDED A HEALTH AND CHILD CARE PROFESSION, A TRADE PROGRAM, AND A BUSINESS SECTION.>>IT IS GREAT BECAUSE THESE STUDENTS ARE 9TH GRADERS, JUST STARTING TO GET INTO A PLACE WHERE THEY ARE THINKING ABOUT CAREERS, SCHOOLS, THAT TYPE OF THING. I THINK IT WORKS BOTH WAYS. IT CAN POSSIBLY EXCITE SOME OF THE STUDENTS. MAYBE THEY WILL COME HERE AND FIND A CAREER THEY ARE EXCITED ABOUT OR MAYBE THEY WILL FIND SOMETHING THAT THEY THOUGHT THEY LIKED AND TURNS OUT MAYBE IT ISN’T QUITE THE BEST FIT FOR THEM.>>THE CAREER ROTATION ALSO HAVE PROFESSORS FROM THE COLLEGE GIVE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF WHAT THAT SPECIFIC CAREER PATH WILL LOOK LIKE ON BOTH THE EDUCATIONAL AND THROUGH A HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE, SUCH AS, MAKING PLAY-DOH AND WORKING WITH ELECTRICITY.>>REALLY LIKE HOW WE GOT TO BEND THE WIRES AND THEN PUT THEM INTO THE SCREWS AND SEE HOW THE ELECTRICITY WORKS, AND THEN WE TURNED ON THE LIGHTBULBS. I LIKE THAT.>>THE COLLEGE IS IN THE SECOND YEAR OF PROVIDING CAREER ACADEMY TO BEMIDJI HIGH SCHOOL AND IT IS THE FIRST TIME THE COLLEGE HAS OFFERED THIS PROGRAM FOR CASS LAKE BENA HIGH SCHOOL.>>TRYING TO DEVELOP PROGRAMS WITH OTHER LOCAL SCHOOLS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE SET UP WITH BEMIDJI HIGH SCHOOL. CASS LAKE WILL BE OUR SECOND ONE. WE’RE OBVIOUSLY LOOKING FOR MORE SCHOOLS IN THE LOCAL AREA THAT WILL BE WORKING WITH AS WELL IN THE FUTURE.>>THIS PROGRAM NOT ONLY ALLOWS STUDENTS TO SEE FIRST-HAND WHAT DIFFERENT CAREERS HAVE TO OFFER, BUT IT ALSO ALLOWS THE COLLEGE TO HELP PLANT THE SEED FOR A STUDENT’S ACADEMIC GROWTH AND ANY FUTURE CAREER PLANS A STUDENT CHOOSES. REPORTING IN BEMIDJI, DESTINY WIGGINS, LAKELAND NEWS.

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