Looking into the future: Event to prepare students for workforce, college

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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Prepping for Future

PREPPING FOR FUTURE – Laney Pellegrini looks over college material at Boyd High School. The school will hold the Beyond Boyd Expo Feb. 8 at Boyd High School. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

While they prepare for tests in the next class or listen to a lecture from a teacher, Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster wants her students to also have an eye on their futures.

The principal points out that they will soon be out in a competitive job market. She wants to show them the many options available to them, including some local opportunities.

“There’s a lot of kids that don’t know what’s available,” Foster said.

That’s the hopes of the first Beyond Boyd High School Expo slated for 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 in the school’s cafeteria. The expo is for students between grades 8 and 12 and will provide them with a variety of resources on careers and post-graduation options. Several colleges, local business and organizations will be part of the event.

“This was an idea that came from our parent advisory group,” Foster said. “It’s part of our college and career readiness. Some of our kids will be heading to college and other kids will be going straight into the workforce. We hope to have something for all. They are not all aware of the opportunities for them. We hope to open some doors.”

The district has engaged many local businesses, including Wells Fargo and First Financial banks, State Farm, Fit-N-Wise, 2L Construction and the Boyd Medicine Store to provide advice and information about careers. The local police and fire departments will also be on hand.

“There are a lot of local businesses that will be there and will share their hiring guidelines and what degrees and certifications that are needed,” said Boyd High School counselor Stacie Witt.

Military recruiters will have booths along with local colleges Weatherford and North Central Texas.

One of the three breakout sessions during the expo will cover financial aid and scholarship opportunities for junior and seniors.

Boyd teachers will also meet with eighth graders and freshmen to go over various class offerings at the high school from advanced placement and dual-credit courses and the University of Texas’ On-Ramps program – high school electives that count toward a transferable college credits.

A future goal for the district is to expand its offerings to students to allow them to work toward certifications in high school.

After the first expo, Foster will survey parents to get feedback on what she hopes is an annual event.

“We want to make it beneficial to parents and kids,” she said.

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