The last few months have been unprecedented for our kids and their education and (sadly) not much is going to change in the next few months for them either. It’s crazy to think that our kids will look back at this time in their lives years from now and be able to pinpoint the disruption in their education. They’ll be telling their grandkids about this someday!
As many of us know for our kids, COVID-19 completely disrupted the last couple months of their education. There’s nothing anyone could do about it and thankfully, kids, we are all in the same boat, but many students are needing to adapt to new ways of learning, socializing and growing.
However, with so much closed, this season could also present an opportunity for students to stop and reflect on the future they want for themselves.
This could be a time for them to embrace and try to bring something positive in and as their parents, we can help them with that. For many middle and high school students, the world is at their fingertips. If they can’t see it, explain it to them so they can “see” it. There are so many possibilities and career options available to them that it’s easy to be paralyzed by the sheer amount of choices.
Moreover, for students who do know exactly what they want to do when they’re ready to start their career, thinking about how they can achieve that dream job would also be beneficial.
Unfortunately, most high school students don’t get the opportunity to fully explore possible careers or begin preparing for jobs they are interested in pursuing, which can leave them dangerously unprepared once they graduate.
Let me introduce you to Destinations Career Academy, a tuition-free virtual schooling program that is focused specifically on helping students prepare for college and future careers by providing career-focused courses in addition to traditional high school classes.
How incredible is that, right?
These classes, which are completely online, provide students with exceptional opportunities including:
– The ability to earn college credit.* Students get a head-start on their major and take college-level courses taught by state-certified teachers.
– The chance to gain work experience and industry exposure in over 25+ career pathways.* From IT to healthcare, trades to agriculture, DCA allows students to experience the workplace in the classroom with job shadowing, live, online sessions with industry professionals and unique internship opportunities.
– Help with developing real-world skills. Employers are not just looking for a diploma. Many want to see that their job applicants exhibit the soft skills that are required in a professional environment. Destinations Career Academy’s collaborative, project-based learning environment allows students to build teamwork, communication, critical thinking, leadership and problem-solving skills. Destinations Career Academy classes utilize video conferencing that allows teenagers to stay connected with friends and classmates, even in the midst of COVID-19, which helps maintain social skills, mental health, academic motivation and progress.
– Practical preparation for 40+ industry-recognized certification exams. Successful completion of these exams can put students ahead of the competition and help them jump into a successful career right after high school.
(*Opportunities vary by school; please visit your school page or check with your school counselor.)
I personally love this because students can do more than sit and ponder what their future is going to look like. At Destinations Career Academy, they’re able to start taking real, practical steps to achieving their dreams. They can start taking the steps now and it’s possible for them to see that bright future.
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