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PTHS D209 Students Learn About College and Careers

March 17, 2017 05:13 PM
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On March 8, 2017 students, families, and community members had an opportunity to talk to college and career representatives about majors, financial aid, student life, admission requirements, scholarships and athletics at Proviso West High School during the "Own Your Future" College, Career and Community Transition fair. The "Own Your Future" fair is part of PTHS D209’s efforts to provide students with meaningful experiences that enhance their college and career readiness.  Dr. Jesse J. Rodriguez, superintendent for PTHS D209, stated, "PTHS D209 is committed to empowering all students to meet the academic and career preparation demands that will allow them to be not just college and career ready, but also globally competitive."
 
This fair was a cooperative effort between the PTHS D209 Department of Family and Student Engagement, our school counselors, the Melrose Park Community Alliance, Loyola School Based Health Center, Junior Achievement, and West 40.
 
Over 150 colleges participated in this year’s fair representing 12 states including: the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Dayton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin, Xavier University of Louisiana, Alabama A&M University, Saint Mary’s College, and many more.
 
Local career professionals from industries representing: health and medical, engineering and IT, manufacturing, construction, fine arts, cosmetology and barber, military, criminal justice and police, business and finance, early childhood, culinary arts, and summer employment were represented and brought valuable information that was directly aligned to the career pathways for high school students.
 
Many community based organization representatives took part in this event to provided information that helps students and families plan for financial aid in college as well as plan for their financial future after high school. The Maywood Park District and PASO also provided a "Know Your Rights" workshop.
 
Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, District Manager of Career Readiness and Student Programs at PTHS D209, stated, "The Own Your Future fair was an excellent opportunity for students to learn about some of the post-secondary options available to them as well as the supportive organizations ready to play a role in their future success." PTHS D209 students enjoyed learning about college and career opportunities with their family and friends and were thankful to have such a successful event at their own school.    
 
 
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