By Eli Lanehart
Walking through the hallways as a senior; a student that is about to go into real world as an adult contributing to society. College may be in the future for this individual, but they also may be confused. Hope has arrived for this student and students of all different scenarios.
“I’ve been working with some teachers and administrators for the past nine to twelve months about creating some opportunities for students while they’re here,” said Mr. Bill Rickard, an assistant principal at Red Lion. “Some of them we’ve run into accidentally and some I’ve been chasing down purposefully.”
Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology (TSCT) Offers one of these opportunities. Starting next year, seniors can take courses at Thaddeus Stevens to complete the first year of their associate's degree in programs that include Computer Software Engineering Technology, Architectural Technology, Plumbing Technology, and Welding Technology. This program is similar to Red Lion’s current Dual Enrollment, but is more concentrated towards a certain field.
“Stevens prepares you for success in the modern economy,” according to a flyer from Thaddeus Stevens on the programs they offer. “That’s why employers are recruiting for an average of 8 or more jobs per graduate in the class of 2017 and offering starting salaries as high as $60,000.”
Jobs are increasing for these types of positions and with this outlet, seniors can get a leg-up on the competition and get a year ahead, while still going to high school events and being with your friends.
“Enroll in one of TSCT’s 22 high-demand, high-wage majors and spend your school days at one of Stevens’s campuses,” said a brochure on the early enrollment programs for high school seniors. “You’ll still have time to attend high school events like homecoming, prom and athletic events, and you’ll graduate with your high school class.”
This program is opening doors for the class of 2019 and beyond. If interested, take the chance to make an impact on you career and on your future.