Over the past few months, eastern Idaho high schools have held career and technology expos to showcase many of the high-tech careers offered throughout the state.
A student watches an instructor during a recent technology expo.
Seven expos were scheduled to take place by the end of spring, allowing students the chance to gain hands-on experience, talk to employers and discover a path to the careers highlighted at each expo.
“This event was beneficial to students and parents because it introduced them to high paying technology jobs they could get with very few years of training,” said Jane Ward, superintendent of the Aberdeen School District. “Many jobs offered to pay for training while they were employed. Jobs were also introduced to students that would allow them to stay in the communities they currently live in.”
The technology expos are a product of a collaboration called YourFit. It was formed by the Idaho National Laboratories, local schools, Idaho State University’s College of Technology, Idaho Department of Labor, local governments and economic development agencies to familiarize high school students and their parents with the technical education available and prepare them for careers in high tech, high wage and high demand careers.
Applying for scholarships is one of the best ways to ensure you get the education you need for your future career options. First step: Go online to the financial aid information section of Career Information System (CIS).
CIS has details and application information about thousands of financial aid and scholarship programs – all you have to do is sort, review and apply.
When finals time approaches, many students are faced with an increasing amount of stress. Understanding how to turn this stress into achievement is important to make the grade, and stay healthy.
Some stress is good; It helps us meet challenges, achieve at our best and draw on reserves we didn’t know we have. Extended periods of pressure, however, can lead to health problems, depression and loss in performance and productivity.
While more students suffer from significant amounts of stress, many schools have taken a proactive approach to helping them manage it. In fact, some schools even offer stress management programs or classes. Do you need help identifying your stress level and coping with its causes?
Monday, Jan. 18 is Martin Luther King, Jr. – Idaho Human Rights Day and there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and celebrate the legacy of King throughout Idaho.
Historically, Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the recognition of the birth and life of the Baptist minister and noted civil rights leader. National legislation passed in 1994 challenges Americans to transform the holiday into a day of citizen action in honor of King.
Learn more about events planned for around the state:
Boise State University MLK March, Rally and Celebrations. The Boise State University annual “Day of Greatness” march and rally themed “The Fierce Urgency of NOW” is Monday, Jan. 18. The public is invited to join at the Jordan Ballroom in the SUB at 9:30 a.m. to make posters for the march beginning at 10:30 a.m. Guest speakers include ASBSU student body President (Brian Garretson), the MLK Living Legacy Committee Chair (Milaun Danclair) and Staff Advisor (Francisco Salinas).
Following the march, an event at the Capitol Building Rotunda at noon will feature Boise State University Trumpeteers, The Boise Gay Men’s Chorus and the Boise Rock School with Dr. Mamie Oliver as the MC, and Keith Anderson from Boise State University as the keynote speaker.
On Monday, Jan. 25 the MLK Living Legacy Committee will host a discussion panel honoring King with keynote speakers including Idaho State Sen. Cherie Buckner Webb (District 19).
Students become career ready with hands-one learning experiences
November may have been “National Career Awareness Month,” but every month is career development month for Idaho teachers who integrate career development daily :
Hosting Virtual Field Trips. Using innovative technologies, Stephani Childress, regional coordinator with Advanced Opportunities in Post Falls engages students in virtual field trips to colleges and universities. Students come to class before school starts, connect online and learn about colleges and post-secondary schools across the country.
Creating a Continuous “Go On” Culture. Cory Fortin and Parma High School are creating a continuous “go on” culture. Morning announcements are leveraged by congratulating students when they are accepted to a college or post-secondary training institution. Teachers dress in college attire, decorate classroom doors based on their alma-mater and students vote for their favorite. Extra credit is earned for dressing in interview clothing on test day. Every class must do a career development activity of their choice. Even the band teacher gets into the act and brings in professional musicians.
Stream surveying with electricity – (From left) Two Forest Service biologists, Nick Brown, Garrett Way, Chris Ferroni
Garrett Way, Nick Brown and Chris Ferroni, all of Cascade, may be “typical Idaho boys” in some ways, but their summer of 2015 was been anything but routine. As participants in the Workforce Investment Act Youth Work Experience Program, the three worked on a variety of projects with the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest.
They spent time in highly traveled recreation areas and worked in remote, pristine vicinities. It’s been a combination of physical labor, forestry chores and eye-opening educational experiences, all of which have contributed to improvements in the Cascade Ranger District and to the experiences that visitors will enjoy.
If you search the Internet for “college rankings” you’ll get hundreds of results, including rankings of best colleges from well-known sources such as US News & World Report, Princeton Review and the Washington Post. Rankings from lesser-known sources such as Mother Jones, SB Nation and various blogs and Facebook pages also exist, along with worst-colleges lists, rankings of online schools and lists of schools rated solely on athletic performance, weather, parking and concert venues. It seems like everybody else knows best where YOU should take this important next step in your life!
Take control of the decision by knowing the specifics about schools that also take your personal requirements into consideration.
Too often when people think of volunteering it’s simply regarded as a nice thing that some people do. One might think, “I just don’t know how to get involved,” or perhaps, “I need to look for summer internship opportunities, not volunteering opportunities right now.” If you are still trying to find summer work experiences or internships, maybe it’s time to re-think what it actually means to volunteer and consider taking advantage of the numerous opportunities available at non-profit organizations.
Volunteering vs. Internships
Why do teachers, parents and businesses encourage and promote students’ finding internships? One word: experience. Internships help students gain a better understanding of what different occupations are really like. While internships are a great way to begin building a resume, volunteering can serve the same purpose. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, those who volunteer have 27 percent higher odds of finding employment compared with those who don’t. Still not convinced? Consider some of the following reasons for volunteering:
The University of Idaho is using a $463,026 industry sector grant from the Idaho Department of Labor to partner with (ISC)² ® to provide students with training and certification through the (ISC)2 Global Academic Program (GAP).
(ISC)² ® is the largest nonprofit membership body of certified information and software security professionals in the world.
Through the agreement, (ISC)2 provides students and professionals the opportunity to gain the knowledge and industry certification needed to enter the cybersecurity industry. The initiative is an important part of the GAP’s goal to establish industry/academic cooperation and fill the increasing demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals.
The Idaho Department of Labor has many youth services available to help young people who are starting to think about their future and where they want to work.
It’s not too late to go after the summer job you want, and people in your local Department of Labor office can be a big help. They’ll show you how to put a good resume together, even if you don’t have much or any past work experience. Since they work with employers every day, they know what the people who do the hiring look for in an applicant, and they know that things like dressing for interviews and being on time can be just as important as anything you say during an interview. Call the office, ask for an appointment with a workforce consultant and take advantage of her expertise.