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THS opens up career pathways for students

TIGARD - High school students may have a vague idea of what field they would like to pursue as a career, but they don't know exactly what they want to do within that broad area.

In the field of arts and communications, for example, careers are available in performing arts, visual arts, multimedia/graphic art and broadcasting/journalism.

In industrial and engineering technology, there are careers in engineering, computer engineering, automotive, construction and manufacturing.

Other areas such as natural resources, business and management, health services and human services all have multiple career options.

Jill Sims, who is the Tigard High School school-to-career coordinator, has planned an upcoming event that will give students information on various careers and the opportunity to learn about them directly from people in that field.

Although THS and Tualatin High School have held joint, annual career nights, this year TuHS elected not to participate, so THS changed the format to panel discussions and changed the name to Career Pathways Summit.

The event will be held Monday, March 10, starting at 6:45 p.m. in the large gym and then offering students and their parents the opportunity to attend two different panel discussions - the first from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and the second from 7:55 to 8:40 p.m., when the summit ends.

'The school is moving toward pathways as part of a statewide emphasis,' Sims said. 'We have six broad categories, and under each one we will have speakers from different professions.'

For example, in the applied arts and communication field, one of the speakers will be Elizabeth Dye, a fashion designer and owner of the trendy English Dept. Boutique.

In the health services field, the speakers include doctors, a dentist, a veterinarian, a pediatric nurse and an emergency room nurse plus several people representing other professions.

Speakers from the education, police, fire and legal fields will give presentations as will Dennis Merrill, a THS graduate who is now a U.S. marshal.

Also, the different branches of the military will be represented along with various types of engineering and construction jobs.

'There will be 18 panels with at least 66 speakers in different classrooms, which will be moderated by THS leadership students,' Sims said. 'We are planning for the first half hour of each session to be devoted to discussions by the panelists and the last 15 minutes left for questions.

'(The speakers) went out of their way to rearrange their schedules. Everybody is excited and eager to help.'

According to Sims, attending the event will satisfy one job shadow requirement for students taking senior seminar.

'This is a great opportunity to get people's business cars, to network and find out about possible internships or summer jobs,' she said.

For more information, contact Sims at 503-431-5429.