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North Dakota Schools Opening Students' Outlook on Future Jobs

Thanks to the Red River Valley Education Cooperative in North Dakota, students are getting the chance to explore new careers in technology. The RRVEC is bringing students in the region the Explore North Valley Career and Technical and Education event.

The purpose of the event is to broaden the horizon for students and show them what careers await them in the future. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics concentrations are growing nationwide and the RRVEC’s program is looking to expand upon what students learn in these subject areas. Students will have a glimpse of ways in which they can apply what they learn in real world situations and careers that allow them to do so.

“Students will listen to Brooks Harper, a national public speaker with several years of corporate experience, talk about the 21st Century skills they need,” according to the Grand Forks Herald.

“He will explain why "every day is a potential job interview" as they consider their future, said Janet O'Hara, director of the RRVEC, according to the report.

“Students also will learn about the common eligibility for career and technical education scholarships.”

While many schools are focusing on the implementation of STEM this North Dakota district is taking it one step further by giving students and opportunity to step into the future if only for a bit. The application of learning doesn’t stop in the classroom and students need to know that what they are learning in these fields can make for very successful careers.

"We're trying to broaden (student) horizons and say it's really OK to take an alternative path or find their passion and figure out what they really want to do," said O’Hara.


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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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