Students get help preparing for the future |

Students get help preparing for the future

by Merrie Leininger

Preparing students for the future is Carson Valley Middle School guidance counselor Terry Masterson’s main goal.

Masterson said CVMS is coming in line with the school district’s requirements by preparing students for what they want to do after college as early as middle school.

“The Douglas County competencies require all 8th graders to do the career plan. We go over what they are taking in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12 grades and talk about the competencies and how to include that in their plans,” Masterson said. “We explain if they are looking at college, there are some requirements that are not basic things everyone takes.”

To engage students in thinking about their futures, she asks them to think about what jobs they are interested in. A career interest survey is also completed by the students. If students believe they want to become a graphic artist, for example, Masterson can help with specific information about technical colleges.

Ninth grade students also complete a career project in which they produce a resume, a paper and another interest survey.

“Between the 8th and 9th grade years, there is a lot of growth,” Masterson said. “I encourage kids to do an interest survey every year. They still have the opportunities to change their minds.”