Career center tours inspire local students

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JACKSON, Mich. (WILX)-- In this edition of Schools Rule, students' dream jobs are in the spotlight. Staff from the Career Center in Jackson are getting ready to visit tenth graders from fifteen local high schools. News 10's Lora Painter spoke with students and teachers to fund out how work based learning programs can set students up for life long success

Ron Richards, a work- based learning coordinator at Jackson Career Center, said, "The career center is very versatile in tailoring instruction and show opportunities to students based on their needs and their desires. There's a lot of exploration that goes on here, and a lot of working with the students on an individual basis to help them have their career goals become a reality."

Career Center staff will visit 10th graders at 15 Jackson area high schools during the months of November and December. Those schools are: Jackson High, Western High School, daVinci, Concord High School, Michigan Center High School, Lumen Christi, Grass Lake, Springport, Columbia Central, East Jackson, Vandercook, Napoleon, Northwest, Hanover-Horton and Jackson Christian.

Gabrielle Sargeant, a student, said, "My favorite part about here is that everyone is here for their future. I'm not the only one working hard. Since we're all working hard, it kind of pushes everyone to be better."

Interested 10th graders will then sign up to tour the Career Center in early February (Feb 4 & 5). They'll choose a few different programs they are interested in and visit those classrooms specifically.

The Annual Open House for the Career Center is Thursday, February 21 from 4pm to 7pm. This is a chance for the parents of those 10th graders - and the public-- to see what the Center offers.