Career development students dream big of future success

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Staff and students from the Career Exploration Program celebrate graduation at a Tuesday evening party at Dohn Community High School.

WALNUT HILLS — The compact classroom could hardly contain the expressed college and career dreams of the dozen students who — just a few months ago — might not have known such aspirations.

They talked about where they want to go: University of Oklahoma, Miami University, Northern Kentucky University.

They talked about what they want to study: nursing, engineering, information technology, medical administration.

The event was listed as a holiday party for the students from Dohn Community, Hughes STEM, and Princeton high schools. They had completed the Career Exploration Program co-sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Urban League and Easter Seals Tristate.

Students heard from two mentors, members of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio’s Young Professionals group, Ashlee Young and Chris James. Young, 30, is an evaluation associate at Interact for Health. James, 32, is pursuing his Ph.D. in chemistry at Miami University following a professional career that included a stretch at Procter & Gamble.

“You don’t have to have the world figured out at 17,” James told students.

To help students have a better idea of what educational and career possibilities exist for them, staff had them put together a portfolio. It contained information related to interviewing, goal setting, “smart” goal setting, and resume development.

Karen Bouquet, Urban League Youth Employment Manager, taking note that several students expressed concern or lack of knowledge about the college financial aid application process, promised that additional sessions would be held to provide information.

Staff said it would continue to work with students to ensure they are on track toward high school graduation and college enrollment.

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