The Duncan Banner

September 16, 2013

Career Pathways continues in Duncan schools

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Throughout the Duncan School District, teachers are finding ways to relate what students are learning to various career options for students.

At the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, Duncan Public Schools became the pilot school district for the Career Pathways program. The program focuses on tying school curriculum to career paths, and help students determine what type of careers they want to pursue.

Duncan High School Principal Justin Smith said Career Pathways is still going strong now in the second year of the program. Smith said teachers and administrators throughout the district are working closely with students to prepare them for decisions that could shape the career paths they follow after high school.

“Daily, we’re connecting the relevance between the curriculum and careers,” Smith said.

But there’s more to Career Pathways than just making connections between what is being learned in the classroom and what career options are available. For the teachers, it’s also about learning what career options exist.

During the 2012-13 school year, Duncan Middle School teachers toured several manufacturing plants in Duncan to help them get a better idea of some of the career options available to their students.

Smith said the Career Pathways is starting at the beginning of a child’s education career in Duncan Public Schools.

At the elementary schools, teachers are hosting Career Days, where people come in and talk about their jobs. Horace Mann Elementary’s Career Day is set for Sept. 19.

For Duncan Middle School students, more options are being added to help students prepare for future careers. An example is the STEM program, which was introduced at the middle school in the 2012-13 school year.

Smith said the high school uses everything to make career connections. He said teachers are keeping track of what career connections students are making, and the school’s counselors are working with students each year to help them stay on their career paths.

The high school is also planning a job fair for this spring. Smith said the high school will work with students so they have a better understanding what employers are looking for and what to do during job interviews.

“We want to prepare them for the work force and college,” Smith said.