THS to launch pilot career program

GOSHEN COUNTY – Beginning in January, Torrington High School (THS) will pilot a program designed to develop life skills and kick-start students’ careers after high school, following approval from the Goshen County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees Tuesday evening.
THS business teacher Kristi McGuire presented information about the program during last week’s special meeting and work session.
“It’s an opportunity for those who don’t know exactly what they want to do,” she said.
Quest participants will explore different careers to find the best match, earn credits for dual and/or concurrent enrollment in a field of their choice while earning hands-on experience, begin the process of obtaining career and industry certification during high school, understand and prepare for the next step, and develop employability skills.
“I have received six applications from students for the pilot class,” McGuire said Tuesday, Dec. 5. Students were subject to interviews, must maintain a good GPA, and can’t have more than six absences to be eligible for Quest.
“We basically (start) the sophomore year … is that career going to provide you a livelihood you want?” McGuire explained to the board.
The program begins with “Explore Year” – the sophomore year of high school – and includes an interest/personality inventory, skill assessment, career research, soft skills lessons, portfolio development, program courses and one job interview/job shadow per semester.
During the “Trek” or junior year, many of the initial program highlights will be reinforced, in addition to Community Resource Training (CRT), attending career and college fairs and taking the ACT.
In “Voyage Year”, seniors will update portfolios and employment materials, review career research and evaluate progress, examine training programs and the application process, attend career or college fairs or meet with recruiters, participate in CRT or an internship/apprenticeship, and take the Work Keys or
ACT exam.
“I’m excited (about the program), and I want to say thank you,” Board Chair Charlie Harshberger said, adding later, “Just remember – if you build it, they will grow.”
“That’s the hope,” McGuire said.

In other business:
• The board made the following appointments: Jean Chrostoski as chairman pro tem; Harshberger as chairman; Carlos Saucedo, vice chairman; Katherine Patrick, clerk; Christine Miller, treasurer.
• The board received the 2017 Standard of Excellence Award from the Wyoming School Boards Association. In order to be eligible for the award, all board members must participate and continue to “gain points” in professional development training.

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