Twenty feet off the ground just may have been high enough for Ric’Kajia Lasley to see her future or at the very least some of the possibilities ahead of her. She experienced first-hand what it might be like to work on a lift for an electrical company or maybe as a commercial carpenter.
Many of our students participated in the Ohio Carpenters JATC Open House September 12,2019, in Monroe, Ohio. It’s what the new Career Connections program at the Montgomery County Educational Service Center is designed to do which is show our students they have career options.
“The program is to give our students more experiences outside of the classroom, allowing them to see firsthand what is available to them,” said Tammy Stritenberger, an MCESC Curriculum Supervisor for Learning Center West.
Currently the program is mostly for juniors and seniors at the high school but plans call for the career initiative to soon be established in the eighth grade classrooms.
“Finding an area where not only the student has a specific skillset but also an interest in a trade is so important and we hope this opens up their minds to see the bigger picture,” Stritenberger said.
During the school year plans call for our students to learn about trades from professionals and continue to have hands-on experiences.