At El Dorado County Office of Education’s (EDCOE) Charter College and Career Prep School (CCP), 14 high school students participated in a unique career day at Ken Lowry Preschool Center to learn about employment options in the child development industry. Students toured classrooms, playgrounds, received information about employment opportunities, and asked questions. Student Mia Hooper stated, “I’ve always been interested in a career working with children, and the close proximity to Folsom Lake College presents an opportunity for employment at the preschool and taking college classes at the same time.”
CCP Principal Maria Osborne provided each student information about the Human Services degree program available at Folsom Lake College, which includes early childhood education. Several of the student participants are currently enrolled to begin coursework in January 2020. A question and answer session provided valuable information on the varied positions within the preschool setting ranging from teacher assistants, teachers, supervisors, food services, and more. Students were excited to discover that they would be ideal candidates for available positions after high school graduation.
The program was sponsored by the Innovative Pathways to Public Service (IPPS), which is a cross-sector collaborative of organizations focused on youth and workforce development. November was ‘Careers in Public Service’ month to increase the awareness about public sector career opportunities to the workforce of tomorrow. The month-long program showcased professions in industries throughout the greater Sacramento area, including healthcare, cities, counties, special districts, and state government.
EDCOE team members look forward to the possibility of continuing these innovative experiences. Melissa Kistler, EDCOE Director of District and Program Support said, “Students who were part of this experience chose to participate in and learn about jobs in early childhood education because they are truly interested in it as a potential career and they can see the pathway to get them to their goal. They can see that it is doable, and they have a team of people around them here at EDCOE who can help them achieve their goals. We hope to increase participation with IPPS around the county so that more students can experience these incredible learning opportunities around careers in the public sector.”
For more information about EDCOE Charter Alternative Programs, visit https://charter.edcoe.org/