Wautoma School Board hears Career Cruising presentation

Wautoma High School Principal Tom Rheinheimer presented an in-depth presentation about the Career Cruising curriculum offered to 6-12th grade students at their Oct. 9 regular meeting at Riverview Elementary School.

During his presentation, Rheinheimer stated Career Cruising, a web-based self-exploration and planning program, allows students to build self-awareness; explore career possibilities and educational pathways; generate a plan outlining the steps needed to achieve a specific career; create school and life goals; and take action to make their plans come to fruition.

The program also provides participants the opportunity to build a career/post-secondary plan using aptitude assessments to see how their interests associate with specific careers.

As the students begin to look at post-secondary options, Career Cruising allows them to learn more about the post-secondary options available, admission requirements for institutions they believe would best fit their path, receive access to financial aid information offered at each institution, and the ability to utilize an up-to-date labor market database highlighting employment trends in the fields of interest.

Rheinheimer said grades 6-10 are currently using the program as part of their curriculum, while the juniors are being introduced to Career Cruising gradually to assist with planning and seniors have access to the program if they are interested in exploring.

“You are really getting your bang for your buck,” Rheinheimer said. “You are narrowing passions, what schools give the best deals and the financial aid offered.”

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