Kansas Metropolis college students discover totally different careers this summer time, from Kauffman Stadium to utilities | KCUR 89.3


Some 50 college students from Kansas Metropolis Public Colleges are spending summer time faculty exploring totally different careers within the classroom and out.

The district is providing a profession exploration program as a part of its summer time academy on the Handbook Profession and Technical Heart. Highschool college students are exploring totally different profession paths on the heart, on subject journeys and by assembly native professionals.

Crystal Everett, the district’s supervisor of Profession and Technical Schooling, says this system is about exposing college students to quite a lot of jobs.

“College students do not know what they do not know. And it is as necessary to know what you wish to do as what you do not wish to do,” Everett mentioned. “And so with this chance, we’re simply giving them easy exposures.”

Every day begins with a “morning mingle” wherein individuals from across the neighborhood speak with college students about their space of experience. The remainder of college students’ time is spent networking, studying about private finance and occurring school and subject journeys.

They’re additionally looking at a number of the applications from the profession heart’s culinary, well being science and auto technician instructors.

To kick off the summer time program, college students visited Kauffman Stadium to discover “behind-the-scenes” jobs in IT and contained in the management room.

This week, they explored quite a lot of jobs at utility corporations. Spire, Evergy and Water One got here on campus to let college students check out totally different gear used within the subject.


Ninth grader Justin Kabonga and different college students study to set a utility meter from Spire staff.

Anthony Kyle, a sophomore at Success Academy at Anderson, impressed employees from Spire as he tried out utilizing utility meters. Kyle mentioned the utility work was “fairly straightforward” as soon as he bought the cling of it.

“As a result of I used to be like this (is) laborious. However then after they defined to me the way it works and the whole lot, after which when you do it, when you get used to it, you get extra snug,” Kyle mentioned.

Nicole Fondren, Spire’s supervisor of expertise acquisition and workforce growth, mentioned the occasion goals to make college students conscious of the utility area and get them involved in going into the sector.

“Not everyone seems to be a four-year, collegiate sort of individual,” Fondren mentioned. “Some individuals simply want to have the ability to get a place the place coaching is simply two years and so they’re capable of make an incredible dwelling.”


Sophomore Anthony Kyle learns how one can set a utility meter as a part of Kansas Metropolis Public Colleges’ profession exploration program this summer time.

Everett mentioned this system can also be a possibility to get college students involved in early school applications, profession technical training and even interning for the varsity district’s services, faculty management, operations, scholar help companies.

The varsity district employed greater than 50 college students this yr to intern in peer tutoring, services, faculty management, operations and scholar help companies. As a result of college students are staff of the district, they’ll even be paid.

Everett mentioned these applications are all a part of KCPS’s mission to get college students each school and profession prepared.

“The gist of it’s for us with the ability to put together college students for post-secondary alternatives that embrace school, that embrace going to the workforce or a mixture of each,” Everett mentioned.

College students in the summertime program may even earn half a credit score in private finance, which is a requirement to graduate.

Kyle mentioned he’s nonetheless unsure what profession he needs to pursue. However utility work could also be an choice.

“I used to be fascinated about it. However I additionally wished to be an engineer,” Kyle mentioned. “So I’ve bought a whole lot of choices to select from.”


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