Choosing a career pathway for high school students can be difficult, especially with this nation-wide ‘mantra’ that all students need to go to college.
Our economy and individuals self-worth would both improve by helping students in choosing a career pathway while respecting all occupations. There has been too much pressure for everyone to go to college. Our economy needs all types of occupations and there are many ways to find training for future work besides a four-year college.
This interview is a follow-up to a recent blog on Respecting All Career Pathways.
1] the needs of high school students for choosing a career
2] how to honor ALL career pathways
3] and what high school staff can do to help students
My guests are: Scott Harris, Karen McGrady, and Richard Hoffman
KAREN McGRADY has spent more than half her career working with high school and college students as a teacher, academic advisor and career services provider. McGrady grew up in rural central Maine and is well acquainted with the benefits and challenges the area offers to young people. She works for JMG as a College Success Specialist, based at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.
SCOTT HARRIS is a high school counselor at U-32 High School in central Vermont. He holds degrees in Education from UMaine and Goddard College, and in Restorative Practices from IIRP. He has experience working with all levels of students and has taught social studies, science, and behavioral support. Scott approaches school counseling from a holistic, developmental, and student-centered perspective. His work with students revolves around social/emotional growth, career exploration, community building, and action-based research.
RICHARD HOFFMAN is the Cooperative Education Coordinator for the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. He spent 19 years teaching Marketing Education in Colorado, 12 years in postsecondary technical education administration in Kansas, and three years as the Director of the North Country Career Center in Newport, Vermont. He earned both his Bachelors in Marketing Education and his Masters in Vocational Education from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
INTERVIEW: Choosing a Career Pathway for High School Students
Jim Peacock is the Principal at Peak-Careers Consulting and writes a monthly newsletter for career practitioners. Peak-Careers offers discussion-based online seminars for career practitioners focused on meeting continuing education needs for CCSP, GCDF and BCC certified professionals as well as workshops for career practitioners and individual career coaching.
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