Bringing broadening horizons within reach

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM.

Focus is improve school readiness to improve the odds of graduating in good standing; in doing that broadening a student’s horizons to consider college and to assist in making that transition; and providing exposures to workplace experiences that students would embrace.

“It’s really a career entry program,” Hauck said. “We are trying to get them to broaden their horizons. They receive experiences that they might not otherwise get and exposure to jobs they wouldn’t normally have.”

The group – some 19 students are currently participating in the program – meets monthly at lunch time during which they discuss a variety of subjects pertaining to college, vocational and career training.

Much of it is basic, such as proper etiquette for interviews – no jeans, collared shirts, pants tucked in, eye contact.

“A lot of it is getting into fundamentals,” Hauck said. “With some of them, a lot of it is drawing them out, but the older students are pretty gung-ho. They see the benefits.”

The benefits include job shadowing days in small businesses around town and summer employment for some. Students, by attending and participating in various events and programs within the HSHT umbrella, also earn points.

Eighty-points earns a student a refurbished laptop computer from the Dyslexia Research Institute. Sixty points earns summer employment.



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