Letter to the Editor – Career, College Readiness Programs Give Central Lee Students a Range of Options

Nicole Herdrich

At Central Lee High School, we are focused on ensuring our students have the employability skills and experience they need to thrive in college and a variety of personalized career choices. Whether that means heading to a four-year university, a trade school, the military or a full-time job right out of high school, graduates leave here prepared to approach the future. 

We are especially interested in preparing students to be well-suited to fill in-demand jobs offered by both local and global organizations. This takes shape in a number of ways—and is often supported by businesses and organizations here in our community.

Students Collin Congdon and Chyane Davidson, for example, both work in different roles at Donnellson Elevator, a local agricultural feed supplier. Both students have taken 4 years of agriculture education classes at our high school and have an interest in the industry as a career field.

Another student, Sydney Jones, works at Pilot Grove Savings Bank. She serves as a teller, does check printing and assists the bank’s loan officer. The job is helping her prepare for a career in business and cybersecurity.

Johnathan Wilke is not letting his complete hearing loss get in the way of his goal of becoming a truck driver. As a first step, he is working after school and on the weekends as a delivery driver for Pizza Hut.

Three of our high school students currently work at Central Lee Elementary School, assisting in classrooms at different grade levels. These students—Emma Ackerson, Ellie Herdrich and Abby Sugars—each plan to pursue a career in elementary education.

These are just a few examples of how Central Lee students are able to learn critical skills and plan their transition to life beyond high school. Whether they pursue a career or college, students are prepared to make informed decisions based on their personal interest and strengths.

More information on our Career and College Readiness framework is available at www.centrallee.org/page/career-college-readiness

Nicole Herdrich
Central Lee High School Principal

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