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The Meeker High School class of 2023 has started the academic year involved in career planning and Project-Based Learning (PBL). Project-based learning is one of the most promising instructional strategies to drive career readiness. Through effective PBL, students have the opportunity to discover new strengths and interests, dive deeper into academics and real-world contexts, as well as develop key cross sector competencies like communication, critical thinking, and collaboration.
The intro to agriculture class and the intro to family and consumer sciences (FACS) class came together to give students the opportunity to dig deep into their future prospective careers. Students developed a career project to demonstrate student understanding of the job title and description, and begin to look into depth about the educational ladder needed to get there. This included thinking about high school courses that would help, as well as possible colleges, outlook for careers and income. Students created SMART Goals as well as evaluated advantages and disadvantages of their career of choice.
Students presented their findings as well as had a gallery walk to learn more about other careers. Students then voted on the best projects/research. Those results, as well as teacher picked projects, have shown excellence in the start to their career choices are Katie Lockwood (photography), Jayden Overton (neonatal nursing), Gwen Hooks (agronomist), Katelynn McPherson (psychiatrist ), Grace Blagg (veterinarian), Hailey Larson (registered nurse), Autumn Hobbs (first grade teacher), Anders Jonsson (hot shot—wildland firefighter).