HS High School Students Plan for the Future

HS Students Plan for the Future
Posted on 09/07/2018
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On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students at Hot Springs World Class High School (HSWCHS) go beyond the classroom to prepare for life post-graduation with personalized curriculum, guest speakers, site visits, career-focused field trips, and an eventual online self assessment and web-based planning program.

“We are here to prepare them for work, in whatever capacity that is for each student. It’s an exciting way to personalize their experience and prepare for what job, vocational program, college program, or post-high school training is best for their talents and abilities,” says Crystal Myers, Instructional Facilitator.

Weekly Seminar is part of an effort taking place across the state following the passage of Act 930 of 2017, mandating that all students have success plans to help them navigate from a young age how to achieve readiness for college, career options, and community engagement. Multiple Garland County Schools will receive Naviance training, which is a web-based program that helps generate student success plans. Naviance will help facilitators and students track test scores, self-assessment details, and other unique aptitudes for each young adult, to then offer options and exercises for career exploration, requirements for various fields and job options, and other guidance for future planning.

Seminar time is not only computer-based, it’s meant to get students hands-on exposure. Field trips, guest speakers from the community and surrounding region, and first-ever visits to industry fairs are planned for the year. The time is also dedicated to helping students develop soft skills - which include a combination of people and social skills, communications skills, character traits, and general social and emotional intelligence. Curriculum and special activities have also been developed by HSWCHS facilitators to build confidence in students about what their individual strengths are, and how they add value. Seminar planning time is required of all students, but is not graded.

Learn more about Act 930, here. If you or someone you know could serve as a guest speaker to represent leadership and success in the community, or a specific job aptitude, please contact Crystal Myers, here.

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