New program helps kids connect link between classroom and career choice
Caroline MacGregor October 30, 2013 | WGVU For young students, lessons learned in the classroom often
hold little significance. Classes can seem focused not so much on preparing them for life, but rather on getting them
to the next grade. This sense of
pointlessness can drain motivation from a child. To address the problem, the Ottawa Area
Intermediate School District has begun hosting a new, innovative partnership
program called Connections. OAISD
development director for career and technical education, Jason Pasatta, explains:
Local corporations- including Gentex, Herman Miller, Haworth,
and Johnson Controls, banks like
Consumers Credit Union and Fifth Third Bank, and the Holland and Zeeland city
governments are opening their doors to junior high and high school students in
the Connections Academy program.
Pasatta believes the program will show students how their
schoolwork enables them discover their future career path, inspiring a new
sense of empowerment and significance while offering an alternative view of the
American educational system.
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