Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Westran students participated in career day. There were many career based activities that were scheduled for the entire day. The morning activities consisted of the Freshman, Junior, and Senior classes breaking up into small groups and listening to many different speakers from a variety of careers as well as a college student panel. The guest speakers were; Todd Gill, (owner of Superior Adventure), Patrick Argent, (IT from MBS Textbook Exchange), Jennifer Holt, (athletic trainer), Sadie Washington, (teacher at State Tech College of Missouri), Scott Sharp, (cosmetology, Merrell), Mike Cheek, (Army), Scott Morris, (International Assests Advisory LLC). Our college panel consisted of past alumni. They were Camryn Hunt, Kylie Linneman, and Kellen Schemmerhorn. The morning went very well with all student groups taking turns in at least four of the guest speaker’s rooms. Our FCCLA then fed the guest speakers and we turned to the afternoon portion of our career day.
In the afternoon, the Junior class participated in a REALL Simulation put on by NECAC and assisted by teacher volunteers. In the REALL Simulation the participants must simulate the life of someone who has made negative decisions, such as legal trouble or inadequate education. They will face a number of difficulties during this simulation. Some of the difficulties are as follows: Difficulty finding and maintaining employment, hardship affording bills and life expenses, frustration, high stress, and strained relationships. The students thought that this was a very valuable experience that gave them real life experiences.
Our Seniors participated in mock interviews with the district administrators. This allowed them to be in a comfortable setting in an interview experience. They did an outstanding job and are one step closer to getting that career job.
Our Sophomores participated in a job shadow day. They went to many different communities and job shadowed many different types of jobs.
Our Freshman class participated in an activity called Digital Citizenship. Students were asked to complete a digital breakout box which allowed them to learn about how their online presence can affect their life positively and negatively based on their actions. Topics covered include: cyber bullying, oversharing information online, and communicating online. Students also learned about the lasting footprint of their online activity and how it can follow them into adulthood and affect their education and career goals.
In looking back, I would say career day was a great success. Special thanks to the presenters, counselors, and teachers for their help with career day. Our goal at Westran High School is to make sure that all students are college and career ready.