One of the most powerful methods of influencing students is to have pupils see professionals visit and talk - real talk, about the many pathways to a career.
18 representatives from across a wide range of professions visited McKee High School on Thursday, May 6th, to talk to students about education and the skills needed for the various positions they currently hold within their different organizations.
The first picture shows representatives from the Royal Press sharing details about their own level of education, the skills they regularly use on the job, and the typical work day, the challenges they face.
In Mr. Pane's drafting class students heard a panel discussion about different perspectives on the career of being an engineer. In this case Ms. Tsamis (in the picture on the left) shared some of the issues related to being a structural engineer.
Another really powerful visual message is when students are able to see graduates from McKee return and share their experiences in competitive apprenticeship programs. The young lady in green is Ms. Morales. She is a member of the SVA program, which is a highly regarded, extremely selective apprenticeship. SVA stands for Success Via Apprenticeship Program. It is a five year apprenticeship program in which participants get college level coursework, classroom internships, and industrial work experience. Ms. Morales will be able to become a city and state certified teacher.
The career day was successful in that students participated in meaningful career exploration discussions. Students focused on their career options. In addition professionals come into the school to encourage students and provide an opportunity to introduce pupils to networking opportunities.
Who was responsible for organizing this event - Ms. Joyce Ippolito, the guidance counselor, and articulation coordinator. Learning valuable lessons from the first career fair in January 2010, Ms. Ippolito accessed the resources and contacts of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers so that the event was one closely aligned with the CTE programs offered in the school.