We’re excited to share a video we recorded during a recent visit to Waukee High School in Waukee, Iowa, where Kuder Navigator® plays a key role in its School-to-Work program for 12th-grade students.
The video features School-to-Work Coordinator Mindi Heitland, who describes the system’s role early in the course in helping students gain self-awareness so they can determine the types of careers they may want to pursue.
During our conversation with Heitland, she said the career assessments in Navigator help Waukee School-to-Work students get exposed to career options and narrow down the types of occupations they want to explore in more depth during internships, which take place later in the school year.
“If you could see the [students] the first day [of class], and see them again at the end of the school year – how much they've grown, and how much more confident they are – they’ve figured out what they want to do in college, what they want to take as a major, or what they want to do after high school, and I think that's so rewarding,” said Heitland.
The video also features interviews with Dr. David Wilkerson, former superintendent of schools for the Waukee Community School District; Mary Kate Gray, a 12th-grade student (and recent Kuder School-to-work intern); and Dave and Cathy Gray, Mary Kate’s parents.
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