I had the opportunity to serve in an external capacity as a part of the Teacher Enrichment Workshop in
conjunction with the MAGEC-STEM PLUS (Minority Access to Graduate Education and Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Plus). The workshop was provided, along with a multitude of other programs, through a grant from the National Science Foundation.
The purpose of the workshop was to provide the school district’s local high school teachers and school guidance counselors with the tools needed to mentor minority students in preparation for a career in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. My role was to provide the high school teachers on how guidance helps counsel students regarding career choices.
Additionally, there was an opportunity for me to talk with the workshop participants regarding careers in this area including the occupational outlook and growth for careers in these fields. This workshop closely correlated to the objectives that our state has currently implemented for first-time ninth-graders.
The state now requires each of these students to have at least one career pathway from a group of 17 selected career clusters. Many of those career clusters, such as information technology and architecture, are under the direct auspices of the career technical and agricultural education program, thus allowing students to be further exposed to STEM fields.
With this in mind, this is an excellent way to promote proficiency, career awareness, and national and international competition within these fields.