Apprenticeship, College, University, The Workforce are all promoted.
Pathways is a guided tour of the potential and possibilities once students complete secondary school. The first Pathways Night for Huron County students was held on April 5, at Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton.
The Pathways Night provided an excellent introduction to local pathways. Conestoga, Fanshawe and Lambton Colleges, Wilfrid Laurier University, Stratford/Huron Homebuilders, Technical Training Group and others were on hand for participants to visit and seek information.
Ironworker Jamie McMillan presented to a small group. McMillan is an inspiration and mentor to hundreds of young women. She’s opened doors, and minds, to all of the career possibilities in the skilled trades. Students and families also heard about specialty programs such as cooperative education, dual credits and specialist high skills majors.
Superintendent Jodie Baker, said, “Those in attendance had great representation from the various pathways available to them. We know that we need to promote pathway options and improve our communication to students, families and communities about all of the programs we have to offer.”
The evening was open to all Huron county students and families and capped off an exciting day at CHSS. Students in grades 9 through 12 were treated to a “Funny Money” assembly, promoting the need for students to be financially literate and aware when it comes to spending. FunTECH brought students from two of the Clinton feeder schools to CHSS for a day of hands on activities. They participated in robotics, culinary arts in partnership with Fanshawe College, transportation, tech design and construction technology. When asked what they liked about the day students said things like, “there were a bunch of fun activities, it was really cool, working with other people, learning that you could do it yourself, when you learn how to do it it is really really fun.”
The Avon Maitland Pathways Team and special guest Ironworker Jamie McMillan travelled to all Huron county elementary schools this week for an assembly where students played the role of the workers, dressing in the appropriate gear and balancing the beam of a high rise construction site on a green screen The goals for all of these activities are to increase awareness of pathway options for students and to introduce the skilled trades to students at an early age through experiential learning.
Next stop on the Pathways tour is Perth County elementary schools.
The team will promote technology and the skilled trades with McMillan during the week of April 30 to May 4. A Pathways Night to inform and celebrate student pathway opportunities will be held at the Stratford Rotary Complex, Wednesday, May 2 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend!