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MHS students charting career pathways

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Chris Cloud from the law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen and Allen address MHS students during Pathway Exploration Day on April 2. (Photo by Lily Crown)
With the focus on the soon-to-be implemented mandate that all students, beginning in grade 7, will have recorded and monitored career ideas, the faculty at Middlesex High School introduced its students to this process with a Pathway Exploration Day on April 2. 

The multi-class period sessions afforded students in each academic discipline the chance to hear and interact with professionals in course-related careers from public service to the private sector. 

“We charged our teachers to bring to their students professionals who could provide first-hand information about what it takes to enter a selected field, as well as how their current studies are the foundation of any future training they will need to successfully compete for positions in the future,” explained MHS principal Dr. Stephen Castle.

A team representing the administration, faculty and the school’s guidance office recommended a change in how the annual Career Day programs were organized and empowered individual teachers to invite presenters who had relevance to their instructed courses. In some cases partnerships were formed that gave students additional opportunities to learn from a knowledgeable professional. 

“After observing the presentations and reactions from our students, I believe this day was very successful in helping our students better understand how scholastic preparation is so important to achieving any future career goals,” said Castle.

Guidance counselor Anne Baltrusaitis, who christened the project “Pathway Exploration Day” and spearheaded the team effort, said she had received “positive responses” from students and faculty, as well as many of the more than two dozen area professionals who were able to share time and experiences with Middlesex High School students. “This is an ongoing effort because we want our students to plan their academic course and use that plan as the pathway to training programs that will put them among the best candidates to enter their chosen career,” she said.

Pathway Exploration Day is one of the year’s culminating events with a focus on career pathway development.

posted 04.14.2010

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