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Jefferson High students schooled in future career options, skills

2011-12-21T00:00:00Z Jefferson High students schooled in future career options, skillsBy ALANA LISTOE Independent Record Helena Independent Record
December 21, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Boulder teacher Becky Bruce says it’s difficult for high school students to know what their future professional careers hold.

“How do they know what to do in high school if they don’t see their options?” she asked Tuesday morning.

This week, Jefferson High School students are spending three days getting a crash course in possible careers. Monday, students traveled to Helena and Butte where they visited various businesses to learn about various occupations first-hand. On Tuesday, professionals from the surrounding communities gave students presentations in class. The kids will spend today writing cover letters and developing resumes.

There were engineers, health professionals and military representatives at the school Tuesday telling students about their careers and the paths that led them there.

Lea Howe with Grow Montana FoodCorps spoke to students about the farm-to-fork concept and how awareness can help make healthier humans, animals and environments.

Howe talked about how diabetes, heart disease and obesity are all connected to agriculture.

“I’m here to tell you, you can do something,” she said.

Howe’s advice to the young listeners was not specific to the food industry. She told students to ask questions, pick a focus, never feel stuck, be true to themselves and care.

“You’ve got to care about what you are doing — if you don’t, what’s the point?” she said. “Passion can get you anywhere in life, and people take you a lot more seriously.”

JHS senior Brandon Bauer listened in on the military and medical presentations as well as the food session with Howe. 

“I knew that corn was in everything,” Bauer said. “We need to do more to get back to more natural, less processed food.”

He’s an athletic young man who says he’s committed to exercise, never eats fast food and tries to stay away from soda.

Bauer is glad to have the opportunity to discuss options in careers with professionals even though he’s fairly confident he’ll go into something mechanical like welding or automotive.

“These days are great for students, especially upperclassmen who haven’t made a firm decision yet,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to show us how to get there and maintain it.”

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