Luigi Guzman, a Des Moines public school junior, is considering a career as a realtor like his mother, and Perla Arce, also a junior, wants to know how she can help with her family’s year-old roofing business. .
“Since they’re both immigrants from Mexico and don’t really know how much of the economy works here…I thought I’d work with them,” Arce said.
The Des Moines Public Schools Central Campus, which focuses on teaching vocational and technical skills to high school students, will provide Guzman and Arce with those skills.
Helping students achieve their goals is exactly what teacher Tim Brickley, a longtime business teacher, wants to do. New this year, he teaches a course on investing and real estate.
“I’m excited to help students,” he said. “And it’s not even just about finding their career path, but finding a way to help their family, help their friends, or help themselves.”
Guzman decided to take the real estate course to learn more about the industry, including basic terminology.
This school year, which began Wednesday in Des Moines, students also received lessons in small business creation, social media marketing, content marketing, e-commerce entrepreneurship and hospitality management and tourism.
The school offers courses in marine biology, engineering and industrial technology, transportation, and agricultural science, among others. Courses are often combined with internships and apprenticeships.
“We’re able to put kids in a position where they explore aspects of their future careers and they see the immediate application of those interests and desires for the rest of their lives,” Acting Superintendent Matt said. Smith.
Tascha Brown, director of career and technical education and central campus, said the school offered courses to prepare students for jobs in the health sector and “had a huge waiting list”.
In the spring, the district and Des Moines Area Community College will partner to offer an EMT course.
“We just make sure that they not only have the technical skills, but that they get college credits and industry-recognized certifications,” Brown said.
“We need to be more intentional”
Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2018 Future Ready Iowa Act influenced course offerings. The goal of the initiative is to have 70% of Iowans receive training or education beyond a high school diploma by 2025.
The initiative has also opened up funding for the district and the businesses and organizations it partners with.
“The people (at Reynolds) have been very, very supportive of helping to fund and get more resources for employers and schools that go into these partnerships,” Brown said.
The district doesn’t just want graduate students, she said.
“We need to be more intentional about the hopes, dreams and aspirations of our students, their families and our community,” Brown said. “And really making sure that their time with us…really prepares them for their chosen path instead of just here’s your schedule.”
Samantha Hernandez is in charge of education for the Registry. Contact her at (515) 851-0982 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @svhernandez or Facebook at facebook.com/svhernandezreporter.