2014 ACTE Career Guidance Award

Jayne Greeney Schill
CTE/Business Education Partnerships/College Bound Program Coordinator-Counselor
St. Cloud Area School District #742
Waite Park, Minnesota

Scott Vandever of Kuder, Inc. sat down with Jayne after the ACTE Awards Banquet during CareerTech VISION.

As a college undergraduate, Schill learned first-hand the importance of student guidance after discovering that her degree in accounting had launched her into a profession she had no passion for. Since then, Schill has applied her talents as a successful CTE/business-education partnerships/College Bound Program (CBP) coordinator/counselor. As the CBP coordinator, Schill transformed the program into a model incorporating different career academies in which academics, career exploration and college preparation were linked to specific career fields. After Schill noticed a large gender gap in the academies, she developed and implemented the SciGals program at two middle schools to promote STEM and digital media (DM) pathways for girls. In the past three years, 120 girls with an aptitude and an interest in STEM and DM have enrolled in those programs, which enabled them to further pursue high-tech, high-demand and high-wage jobs in those areas.

Schill’s other projects include an annual family forum series to educate parents about financial literacy and postsecondary education planning, and an e-mentoring program for English language learners and special education students. Each year, she organizes a College, Community and Career Readiness Conference for ninth-graders in which students can choose from and attend 20 breakout sessions about different careers and receive insights and life experiences from members of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. Schill’s superintendent said, “She has brought a level of enthusiasm to both our staff and students regarding new course offerings and future career goals.”

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