WILMINGTON — Having chosen to set aside what many might remember as homeroom — traditionally a time when announcements are made and attendance is taken before officially beginning the school day — Wilmington High School made the decision to reorganize its instructional day and only schedule homeroom meetings that foster both academic and career opportunities geared to better equip students as they continue to strive for career and college readiness.
Working together to empower students to explore career and college opportunities, WHS guidance counselors Kelli Sanders and Tyler Williams will meet with students four times throughout the year during structured homeroom periods to introduce students to Ohio Means Jobs and to help students create a backpack on the Ohio Means Jobs website.
Known for helping employers find the right employee, Ohio Means Jobs also helps job seekers find great jobs by serving as a type of online career counselor.
Students will take interest inventories and learn about career clusters and career pathways. They can also participate in ACT and SAT practice opportunities, search for jobs, and explore a variety of resources that will assist in future career and or college planning.
According to Sanders, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will use their career pathways to help plan their high school classes and explore the courses or certifications needed for their career interests. Seniors will use the career pathways to help map out their college or trade training.
Moving career exploration opportunities beyond the traditional classroom, sophomore students interested in pursuing career and technical opportunities through the Live Oaks programs recently spent the day touring the Laurel Oaks Campus where 31 career paths offer students options in planning and training for the future.
Students enrolled in Great Oaks career programs graduate high school ready to begin their careers and in some programs also earn college credit.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.