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Proviso East, Proviso West Students Learn About Careers From the Professionals

March 18, 2016 01:38 PM
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Dr. Charlene Hill said that she has heard "all kinds of stories" in her career as a psychotherapist.
 
Now in private practice, she encouraged the students in Ms. Martina McEllistrim’s social studies class at Proviso East High School to pursue their education and career in fields where they can get a job.
 
"You have to be prepared when you leave school," Dr. Hill said. "(But) what you want to do today may not be what you end up doing."
 
Dr. Hill was among more than 60 professionals from across the Chicago area who took part in Career Pathways Days at Proviso West High School and Proviso East High School on March 1 and March 2, respectively. With visitors from fields ranging from law enforcement and education to medicine and business, students at both schools heard firsthand about what it takes to attain the career that they wish to have.
 
Dr. Tracy Lett, chair of the District 209 career and technical education department, said that the two days were successful in passing along information about careers in 16 areas.
 
"The goal for this year was to get the kids to start assessing their own passions and talents so they can have an idea of what they want to do," she said. "We want our kids to find their passions."
 
Among the professionals on both days were Mr. Victor Simpkins, an architect, who spoke to classes at Proviso East. He talked about working in the retail industry until he founded his own business. He encouraged the students to continue pursuing their education, including getting a master’s degree.
 
"The road will be a lot smoother if you take the route of more education," Mr. Simpkins said. "Because of that master’s degree, it puts you in another pay bracket."
 
In addition, Mr. Kevin McDermott, Vice President of the District 209 Board of Education, spoke on his career in information technology, along with Mr. Ned Wagner, a District 209 Board member who spoke about health-based careers.
 
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the Career Days were a success in that they showed students what they can be if they apply themselves in the classroom.
 
"It was a great opportunity to showcase what can be," she said. "Perhaps one of the professionals who visited our schools inspired a student to work hard to be the best that they can be. I thank those who took the time to take part in the Career Pathway Days and inspire our students." 
 
Thanks to the Proviso alumni, Junior Achievement, the Divine Nine, and Ms. Latoya McIntosh, assistant principal for student supports at Proviso West for their assistance, and thanks to all of the professionals who visited our schools. Your work is very much appreciated!
 
For more images from the Career Pathways Days at Proviso East and Proviso West, please click here.
 
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