For 170 sophomores from Pacific High School, the answer may be more apparent thanks to their visit to St. Louis Community College-Wildwood in mid-March.
The campus organized a career exploration event for the students in conjunction with their high school. The sophomores took the Missouri Connections assessment in January, an evaluation that allows them to better understand their strengths, interests and talents, and investigate education and career options so they can begin to create a plan of action that will help them attain their future goals.
At STLCC, the students were able to go one step further than just identifying career possibilities on paper. With their results in hand, the students were able to connect with people in the professions where their strongest interests lie. STLCC staff and faculty, as well as professionals from west St. Louis County, fielded questions from the students about their education, careers and the paths they took to get there.
The 12 areas students could explore were diverse, including business, architecture, agriculture, fine and performing arts, health, law, education, STEM, human services, information technology, automotive/transportation, and hospitality and culinary arts.
“This is such an invaluable experience for the students to learn from people who work in the actual fields and develop an understanding of what it will take to pursue careers in these fields,” said Quinn Flexsenhar, A+ School coordinator at Pacific High School. “I have already heard from many staff members that upon returning to the high school, many of the students were still talking about what they had learned and what their possible plans for the future were.”