During the first semester of this year, eighth-graders took a college and career preparedness class that looked at specific areas of interest and what skills or degrees would be needed to achieve it. They finished the class before making their schedules for the following year.
As long as they passed the class, they received a high school credit.
“So many kids don’t know what the opportunities are out there and if they think they want to do something they have to look at how they can get there,” Starkey said. “Not everyone needs a four-year degree. That’s why we are so fortunate to have the career center so they can take different classes and realize what they want to do and how they can get there.“
Beginning next year, in a partnership with Indiana University-Kokomo, every eighth-grader will have a tour of IUK based on their area of interest.
“I think we need to continue increasing the knowledge of what it takes for students to get where they want to be and help them understand there are opportunities out there,” Starkey said. “That’s what we continue to work on.”
Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or email@example.com.