By Jennifer L. Fredrick
Career and Technical Education Coordinator
May is exciting for seniors at Marshfield High School. The month is filled with award ceremonies, graduation practice, and making plans for the future. Students enrolled in career-based learning programs are also completing their experience, and it is time to thank those who made these programs meaningful for students.
Marshfield High School offers many career-based learning programs, including Future Teacher Internship, Family and Consumer Sciences Internship, Business and Marketing Internship, Health Career Connections, Agriculture Co-op, and Youth Apprenticeship. Approximately one-third of the graduating class of 2017 is involved in career-based learning.
While in high school, these students gain valuable work experience that relates to their career, which will lead to a bright future. Through high school coursework, students may also earn state and national certifications and postsecondary credits. These certifications and credits allow graduates to gain employment, earn a higher wage, and get a head start on college.
Employers of career-based learning students value being a partner with the School District of Marshfield in educating our youth. Thank you to the businesses that not only employ career-based learning students but also serve as teachers in the work setting. Employers and mentors go above and beyond to guide students and teach them new skills.
Parents are a critical component of a high school student’s career-based learning experience. Parents support their son or daughter when enrolling in career-based learning coursework, encourage their young adult on even the toughest day on the job, and possibly help their child purchase a car to get to work. Thanks to the parents for their belief that career-based learning programs are a meaningful route to college and career readiness.
Special thanks to Marshfield Board of Education members and School District of Marshfield administrators for their support of career-based learning. The students graduating from career-based learning programs are developing skills for the world of work, such as problem solving, work ethic, and interpersonal skills.
Thanks also to the career-based learning teachers who not only make these programs possible but take extra time with these students in the classroom and the community throughout the one or two years of these programs.
Congratulations to all graduating seniors for their many achievements, and good luck as you continue your education and career path.