Students cram for career skills long before they’ll be tested in the field

More than 420 Visalia Unified School District sophomores expected to attend Leaders of Tomorrow Student Conference at convention center on Oct. 9


VISALIA – Picking a career pathway or learning academy in high school, graduating high school and then getting a degree or certification in a particular industry are all necessary to successfully get the job of your dreams. But what about the skills that school can’t teach you?

Visalia Unified School District sophomores will get their first chance to learn some of those “other skills” during the Leaders of Tomorrow Student Conference on Oct. 9 at the Visalia Convention Center. More than 420 students will walk into the convention center beginning at 9 a.m. for a day of interactive workshops and elbowing with people in careers related to their Linked Learning Academies at all of VUSD’s high schools.

Topics of the workshops include; Dress for Success, Business Dining Etiquette, Art of Communication, Picking a Career Path, Internet Safety, and What Winners Do Differently. During the last portion of the conference, students will also have the opportunity to interact with industry partners from respective career fields that align with their academy course of instruction.

VUSD offers 10 career themed Linked Learning Academies. Academies offer a four-year sequence of courses, but with the addition of two or more academic courses that combine to create a cohort of classes and a school within a school model for students. These programs are focused on college and career readiness, depending on the needs and next steps of the students. The academies are ultimately designed to prepare students to meet needs of the 21st Century and ensure that Visalia and Tulare County have a qualified workforce in the future.

Industry experts looking to mold the next generation of workers and managers can get involved with future events by contacting the VUSD Career Technical Education department at 559-730-7510. The VUSD CTE team is always looking for industry professionals who would like to be a part in the Visalia Partners in Education to help prepare students for college and career readiness. Industry partner opportunities include: job shadowing, internships, professional mentoring and guest speaking events.

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