“What do you want to be when you grow up?”… is a question that lingers in the back of most children’s minds as they are being taught in school, and as they observe life around them in their community and around the world. As they reach middle school, they begin to think more seriously about the coming stages in their lives. From the time that children begin talking until they grow older, we often ask them what they want to be and do in life and it’s interesting to hear how kids change their minds over time as to what they decide they will choose for their career path.
One current trend in education that is weighing heavily on the minds of politicians, educators, parents and students, is a program called STEM. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
“Seven out of ten of the fastest growing occupations, requiring at least an associate degree, are in the STEM fields,” according to the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, the nation’s leading professional alliance for addressing access, equity, and diversity in secondary and community college education, training, and careers. At this year’s career conference, students will be hearing from speakers representing many backgrounds, but especially those aligned with current STEM strands that are focused upon during students’ high school years.
Along with the STEM strand, we will be addressing other strands such as, Business & Industry, Arts & Humanities, Public Services, and Multi-Disciplinary Studies. Students will be asked to choose from these strands once they enter high school. You will see some career examples listed under each strand in the table below.
The Junior League of Lufkin will partner with Lufkin Middle School in the 2017-2018 school year to put on a very beneficial career conference that will help students become more aware of the need to think about where exactly they are headed in several different aspects of life, but most importantly, in their career.
The one day conference for Lufkin 8th graders includes many different career choice speakers and the College Road Trip activity. College Road Trip is a hands-on career exploration assembly that is always a favorite of the kids! The College Road Trip is designed to help students understand the value of a dollar and the relationship between educational levels and earning potential. It’s an annual favorite.