After a year of real-world work experience, Career Preparation students and their supervisors sat side-by-side at a special lunch as a symbol of their accomplishment, their growth, and their initiative.
Career Preparation is a work-based program offered to juniors and seniors. In the classroom, learners tackle topics like taxes, retirement, fraud, and professionalism. But the real educational experience happens at approved training sites, as each student is employed throughout the year by a business partner from the Klein, TX area.
“Because of this experience, our eyes have been opened and our futures have been enhanced,” Klein Oak senior Rachael Campbell said. “We will be able to look back on this as a stepping stone to our success.”
Many of the same employers return to the Career Preparation program year after year, searching for goal-oriented problem solvers who are ready and willing to learn and work. Wisenbaker Builder Services is one of those trusted, long-time business partners.
“Every Klein ISD student has been a stellar employee for us, and we’ve actually retained several as full-time employees,” Wisenbaker Builder Services Director of Talent Development Shannon Nance said. “Not only do they learn about our company and industry, but they gain a transferable skill set that they can use anywhere they can go in life. It’s amazing to see them immerse themselves in the workforce.”
Klein Forest Career Preparation Coordinator Kimberly McKee is always amazed at how she sees her students personalities, mindsets, and skill sets flourish throughout the year.
“A lot of these kids don’t realize their potential until you show it to them and believe in them,” she said. “To see them develop those crucial workplace skills reinforces that every student enters here with a promise and exits with a purpose.”
During student speeches, each forever learner expressed gratitude to their supervisor for the opportunity to strengthen their skills in time management, responsibility, and accountability.
“We appreciate the opportunity today to thank those that took a chance on us and allowed us the opportunity to gain valuable and useful career knowledge,” Campbell said.
With the guidance and mentoring provided by Career Preparation Coordinators, business partners, and the Klein ISD Career & Technical Education Department, these pathway explorers are able to graduate with work experience that will benefit them in their future, wherever it may take them.