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SOESD / Learning Matters / Newsletter Archive / February 2007 / Expanding Your World - 2006!

Expanding Your World

Eighth grade is a benchmark year for students. It is important for students to plan their high school curriculum based on matching academic classes with their future career goals.

The Expanding Your World program is sponsored by Oregon Institute of Technology and Southern Oregon ESD. This year’s event was December 12th and 13th. Eighth grade girls had the run of the campus on the 12th. On the 13th the eighth grade boys had the OIT campus to themselves. This program is helping to motivate these students to think about their future career paths.

The main goals of Expanding Your World are the following:

  • To increase boys’ and girls’ awareness of math, science, and technology careers
  • To increase boys’ and girls’ awareness of occupations that are non-traditional to their gender.
  • To provide boys and girls the opportunities to meet and interact with positive role models.

This year’s event was coordinated by, Earlee Kerekes-Mishra from OIT and Pamela Ruddock from the Southern Oregon ESD. Presenters included persons in law enforcement, city finance, community development, science, natural resources, Air Guard, and communications. The keynote speakers were very powerful and motivating, and included Terri Lloyd from Henley High School for the girls’ day. Wayne Amos from Klamath Union High School, plus two representatives from Merle West Medical Center including Ki Rabe, a respiratory therapist, and Jeremy Westover, an RN in charge of the ER, spoke on the second day for the boys.

Each of the presenters gave students an opportunity to see what classes they would need to take in order to obtain employment in their career fields as well as some background on what it is they do on a daily basis. One of the guest speakers, Senior Trooper Dee DiGibney, a female OSP Trooper, spoke to the girls and stated that she likes her job because every day is different. Presenters from the Sciences were able to give hands-on demonstrations to create an interactive experience for the students. There were also several very interesting PowerPoint presentations.

This year’s event accommodated over 800 students representing several schools. "We saw some different schools this year," says Earlee, "It was wonderful to see the interaction of these students with each of the different instructors."

Through this event it is our goal to encourage students to carry this hands-on learning experience with them throughout four years of high school, set academic and career goals, and become productive citizens in our community.




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