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The students of TC Howe High School’s 21 Squads After Schools Program were hosted by community East Hospital last week. 21 Squads Director, Kendall Price has energized the program for Howe students. Traditionally, 21 Squads have exposed students to various colleges and universities by taking them on tours to institutions of higher learning across Indiana and several HBCS’s across the country. As a result of these tours, many Howe graduates are enrolled in colleges and universities.

However, the conversation for the future of students have evolved to include Career and Technical Education (CTE). Indiana Schools have created classes that result in industry certifications. These certification then give our students an opportunity to join the work force with the ability to earn a living wage right after graduation. Mr. Price has begun to locate companies and entities that will host our students and show them various career pathways they may wish to consider for employment.

Community East Hospital was the first to invite more than 20 of our students to speak to several members of their staff along with their Human Resource Director. They described their different roles and responsibilities and their education. Some required a high school education with training on site, while others required higher education. Community East made our students and staff feel so welcome and they served lunch to us as well. At the end of the presentation, they spent nearly 30 minutes fielding questions from our students. Our students were then invited to return to Community East Hospital and shadow some of the staff in the future. community partners like Community East Hospital are a vital part of the success of our students. We are grateful for their support.

 

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