The sound of 4,100 8th graders in the National Western Expo Hall is deafening, but the outcome of last week's career fair may make an even bigger impact.
Cori Canty, Denver Public Schools's director of Counseling, explains the process: Introduce students to 145 different career paths and have the students ask what skills they need to succeed. Visit the colleges and tech schools to see what they should be studying in high school, and visit the high schools to see what classes are offered. It's called "backwards mapping."
Bottom line: students need more than a high school degree to succeed in tomorrow's economic climate, and the career fair early in their school life can help make school relevant, a key contributor to raising the graduation rate.
KUVO had a booth at the career fair, and you'll hear a few of the students' voices mixed in with the interview in this feature, part of our ongoing participation in the American Graduate project. © Copyright 2013, kuvo