Students Explore Careers with Campus Program
April 6, 2014
– Students in gifted programs from several area school districts visited Penn
State DuBois on Wednesday to explore some options they may have for future
careers in technology related fields. Ranging from grades six through twelve, 24 students participated in the
program from such districts as Keystone, DuBois, Brockway, and Allegheny-Clarion
periodically on campus, these gifted workshops are meant to provide students
with in-depth information on careers, and specific jobs, as well as the
educational credentials they'll need to work in those jobs. Each program focuses on a specific career
field. The most recent workshop focused
on Information Sciences and Technology (IST). Students were introduced to network
administration in business and industry in a hands-on laboratory environment,
where they learned to design, implement, and manage networks.
never too early to explore your options for your future," said Admissions
Counselor Holli Lashinsky. "By
becoming familiar with their career options at such a young age, these students
will be better prepared to seek the education they need to achieve their goals,
complete that education more efficiently, and start a career sooner. We hope they'll be inspired so that when they
approach graduation, they'll have a good sense of what academic program is good
gifted workshop that focused on IST careers was extremely beneficial for these
young students, according to their school advisors. High School Librarian at Allegheny-Clarion
Valley R.J. Feicht said technology will touch every part of the world that
these students live and work in.
sky is the limit, everything involves technology," Feicht said. "Technology is critical in every field
across the board; healthcare, agriculture, education, it touches every field in
recently attended a robotics competition with three of the students he brought
to Penn State DuBois for the gifted workshop. These students already have an interest in technology oriented projects
that involve practical application. So,
this workshop was particularly helpful for his students.
gives them an idea of what they can do for their future career, and shows them
that college is not all books, it's also hands-on," Feicht said.
Photo: Instructor in IST Fred Terwilliger presents methods for
collaborating on group projects while working online, and using the latest