Rockwood Partners in Education (PIE)
is teaming with the district Student Services
department to provide high school students with two series of programming every Monday starting Sept. 21.
The first, Mindful Monday, features sessions oriented around students' health and well-being. The second, Career Chats, offers job- or industry-specific workshops that provide students opportunities to explore various occupations through conversations with professionals.
These series will take place every Monday during the students' 8:30-11:15 a.m. learning block, which is reserved for Student Services, Counseling
and College and Career Specialist presentations.
"We want to be able to offer these to students at a time where they can be engaged without pulling them from their valuable instructional time," said PIE Coordinator Emanuel Young.Career Chats
is replacing the Career Exploration program that PIE normally offers for district juniors. Some sessions will be job-specific, while others will be oriented toward specific industries or skills.
"It's important that students still get out into the marketplace and experience careers and interact with professionals because it helps to expand their social capital and provide them with a better picture of the career opportunities that are out there," Young said. "Because of COVID-19, we are not able to send students out. It's important that we're still able to offer that service."
The first Career Chats installment, "Careers in Nursing," a conversation with the director of admissions at the Goldfarb School of Nursing at BJC, takes place Monday, Sept. 21, at 9:30 a.m. Students can click here to register
The Mindful Monday program "Hip-Hop/Cardio Blast," a fun, upbeat dance and exercise session, takes place Monday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Students can click here to register.
Young said PIE plans to offer at least two programs a week moving forward. A calendar of upcoming October events will be available soon.