Greater Latrobe NEXT Program
"This is where I'm going next...."
Greater Latrobe School District offers a state of the art educational facility incoporating the best academic and technological initiatives currently available. We also understand the importance of providing well-rounded experiences that can help students on the path to career-readiness when they graduate from Greater Latrobe. We are proud to add our new, career-focused program, NEXT, to the abundance of opportunities we have for our students to utilize. Students have the opportunity to work with our NEXT Coordinator, who is a full time staff member available to students and can help explore career interests, develop a plan, and prepare for their next steps after high school. Students are given the opportunity to learn about five suggested career pathways:
- Arts & Communication
- Health Science
- Engineering, Industry, & Manufacturing Technology
- Human Service, Hospitality, & Public Administration
- Financial, Business, & Informational Technology
Starting in seventh grade, students are introduced to these different pathways and encouraged to start thinking about their interests. As they progress through junior high, they are given more opportunities to learn about different career paths. Once in high school, students are encouraged to meet with their NEXT Coordinator to start exploring careers within the pathways they are interested in. The NEXT Coordinator will provide ample information regarding job data, education/training requirements, job outlook, and more, as well as provide the students opportunities to observe and job shadow the occupations they are interested in most. Students are encouraged to complete at least one job shadow during their sophomore or junior year, and during their junior or senior year, we hope to provide mentorship opportunities where they can be more involved in their selected career path.
During the 2018-2019 school year,
we had 150 students participate in job shadows and mentorships.
Our goal is to increase this number every year until we get to 100%
of our students participating in NEXT!
One of our most useful tools that we utilize is our career pathways software program, called pathwayMANAGER, which allows students to take a career assessment survey and build their individual profile based on their interests. They can select careers and schools that they are interested in, and they update this profile frequently during their Compass period, which is a curriculum designed to promote social-emotional learning and life skills. Students can also use the software to browse careers and relevant job data, provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. They can also view current opportunities for job shadows and mentorships that are available to them, although we also work with students individually with specific requests and we can tailor an individualized plan to meet their unique interests.
Our NEXT program is successful because of our community partners - local businesses, industries, and organizations that work with us and our students to develop these unique and educational career experiences.
In addition, we also partner with the Westmoreland County Forum for Workforce Development, the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce, and the Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce to engage students and advocate for local businesses and industries to meet the needs of our regional economy. We currently work with the following partners:
Greater Latrobe High School has the goal of involving all tenth and eleventh grade student in a job shadow experience and all eleventh and twelve grade students in a mentorship. We need your help in that there are 300+ students per grade! We want students thinking and having conversations about what they want to do after high school. In addition, we want students connecting their future goals to classroom experiences. If you are interested in becoming a community partner, please use the links below. If you have any questions - please contact email@example.com for more information.
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