Hart Dis­trict hon­ors ex­celling stu­dents

The Signal - - NEWS - By Christina Cox Sig­nal Staff Writer

Sixty-eight stu­dents from the Wil­liam S. Hart Union High School Dis­trict joined dis­trict staff and lo­cal busi­ness men and women to dis­cuss col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness at a men­tor din­ner Wed­nes­day night.

The din­ner, held at the Hart School Dis­trict An­nex, was pre­sented by the dis­trict’s Ca­reer and Col­lege Readi­ness Depart­ment to high­light Ca­reer Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (CTE) Month and stu­dents in­volved in the dis­trict’s ca­reer path­ways pro­gram.

“We wanted to cel­e­brate all of our out­stand­ing stu­dents and give them an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop fur­ther in ca­reer path­ways,” said Dr. Mar­i­ane Doyle, the dis­trict’s Ca­reer Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tor ad­min­is­tra­tor.

The event was de­signed to pro­vide stu­dents with real-world ad­vice for en­ter­ing a ca­reer path, in ad­di­tion to ex­pe­ri­ence in a busi­ness set­ting, like a din­ner.

“Be­ing able to carry on a con­ver­sa­tion in a busi­ness set­ting is crit­i­cal skill,” Doyle said. “Stu­dents need to have post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion as well as em­ploy­able skills.”

Stu­dents from all of the Hart Dis­trict’s high schools were se­lected for the din­ner based on their grades, at­ten­dance and mo­ti­va­tion to­ward their cho­sen ca­reer path.

They were seated at one of eight ta­bles based on their ca­reer path with men­tors from the in­dus­try sec­tors of IT, Art/Me­dia/En­ter­tain­ment, En­gi­neer­ing, Mar­ket­ing, Tech­nol­ogy, Busi­ness and Fi­nance, Trans­porta­tion and Health Sciences.

At­ten­dees were then given an eti­quette class by Hart Gov­ern­ing Board Mem­ber Linda Storli be­fore eat­ing a din­ner pre­pared by stu­dents in the dis­trict’s Culi­nary Arts pro­gram and speak­ing with com­mu­nity busi­ness lead­ers.

“It’s a true col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the city and us,” Doyle said.

Jimmy Lifton, pres­i­dent of Lifton In­sti­tute of Me­dia Arts and Sciences (LIMS), said he vol­un­teered to par­tic­i­pate in the men­tor din­ner to help stu­dents find their own di­rec­tion and make the right choices for their ca­reers.

“Our whole fo­cus is help­ing peo­ple turn skills into jobs in the movie in­dus­try so this fit per­fectly with our mis­sion,” he said.

David Reeves, owner of Reeves Com­plete Auto Cen­ter Inc., said he en­joys giv­ing ad­vice to stu­dents about his ca­reer in­dus­try.

“I do a lot of com­mu­nity stuff like this,” he said. “I tell kids that you have to en­joy it [the trans­porta­tion in­dus­try] and be all in and have that com­mit­ment.”

Stu­dents in­volved in the pro­gram noted that the dis­trict’s Ca­reer and Col­lege Readi­ness pro­gram has taught them to so­cial­ize in a busi­ness set­ting, de­velop ca­reer-based skills and think log­i­cally.

“We now have a head start in the in­dus­try,” said Kait­lyn Sanchez, a Hart High School se­nior in­volved in the health sciences ca­reer path­ways pro­gram who hopes to be a nurse on­col­o­gist.

Sau­gus High School se­nior Aba­gail Fish­ler, who is in­volved in the health sciences ca­reer readi­ness pro­gram, said the pro­gram has also given her a jump start into her ca­reer as a nurse prac­ti­tioner or physi­cian as­sis­tant.

Se­nior Danielle Villa-Agustin said she chose to pur­sue the IT ca­reer path­ways pro­gram be­cause of the trans­lat­able skills of com­puter sci­ence.

“It’s just some­thing I saw a lot of op­por­tu­nity in the ca­reer,” she said. “I can ap­ply the skills in to other things.”

Matthew Guerra /Cour­tesy photo

Stu­dents and in­vi­tees dine at the Wil­liam S. Hart Union High School Dis­tricts’ men­tor din­ner held at the dis­trict’s an­nex on Wed­nes­day night.

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