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DHS counselors help students learn about careers before graduation

by Joyce Hollister

The Douglas High School career center and counseling department want to make sure that all DHS graduates have an idea of what their careers will be – before they graduate.

The department has made this goal a priority for the last several years, and this year, the staff is focusing on strengthening communication with parents.

“We’ve had for the last three years a career gram that goes home every semester with the principal’s newsletter,” said Cheryl Bricker, career specialist. “We felt this wasn’t enough. Parents need to know more information in a more timely manner.”

A priority last year, she said, was to get students involved in a transition plan.

“What are you doing after high school? What are we going to do this year to make that dream a reality?” Bricker said counselors asked students at DHS.

Together, the students and the counselors worked out what classes were needed and what training and/or college was to come after high school graduation.

“This year, we want to encourage parents to also take part in that transition plan.”

Bricker and others in the career center, Carolyn Porter, Linda Furbee, Michael Caughlan and Sandy Nunes, hope to meet with parents to talk about their students’ post-high school plans.

Bricker said she understands parents are busy, so counselors can meet with them not only during the school day but also in the evening at back to school night. She encourages parents to make individual appointments with counselors.

“(Reaching out to parents) is not a new goal,” Bricker said. “But each year we add a new piece to it. We want to encourage parents to come in and see us – and they don’t have to wait until the senior year.”

A new career center handout is “Piece by Piece,” a complete rundown on classes, the Tiger Pathways program at DHS and other pertinent career planning information. It was produced last spring and given out to all 8th and 9th grade students.

The publication is available in doctors’ offices and other public places throughout the Valley as well as at the high school, and it will be available at the DHS open house in the fall.

“Piece by Piece” was designed to meet the career-planning needs of students and their parents and be useful for several years; however, because of its tabloid newspaper format, it will be printed every year, Bricker said.

In addition, Bricker and Porter are writing the new Douglas High Career Lines column. Geared to getting information to parents, the column will run in The Record-Courier twice monthly. The first one appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of the R-C.

For more information about the career center, to get a copy of “Piece by Piece” or to make an appointment to meet with a counselor, call the career center at 782-5136.

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