Doddridge County administrators create new course to get students ready for the real world

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Doddridge County administrators are helping students answer the question, “What happens after graduation?”

“We are very excited about this booklet and what is inside of it,” said Adam Cheeseman, superintendent, when referring to a new course curriculum book.

Doddridge County administrators have spent the last year and a half developing a career exploration class for high school seniors. 

“Well, we are always preparing kids for college, but we need to prepare kids for the workforce.  And what we are finding from the kids is they aren’t sure what opportunities are out there,” explained Gregory Kuhns, principal. 

WBOY introduced you to the county’s new project-based learning program that teaches elementary students how to connect ideas to career pathways and now the county hopes to evolve the program to reach its oldest students.

“As a part of this career exploration course, our students are going to be exposed to all these different careers.  We are going to take them to the different job sites, take them to the different offices, to the different businesses, and whether it be an internship or a job shadow, or just a simple observation, whatever it might be.  We feel like it’s important as seniors that our students, at least get an idea as to what is out there,” added Cheeseman.

The county said the career exploration course will go outside of a textbook and have practical applications.

“They will learn personal financing. They will learn if they want to start their own business and how to be an entrepreneur. So, it’s an opportunity for kids to do something different and relevant to what they need in life,” explained Kuhns. 

A group of high school juniors are acting as focus group and will take the course next year. 

“Like, what you are going to come into with taxes and balancing a checkbook, and figuring out your credit,” said Dawson Evans, junior.

Evans said most tools in the course apply to both college and the workforce. 

“One of the biggest things is communication, just talking to people and getting yourself out there. Once you get to college, the biggest thing is going to be networking. You have to find those groups that can help you,” added Evans. 

Doddridge County High School will implement the new course in the fall. 

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