“Guard your light and protect it. Move it forward into the world, and be fully confident that if we connect light to light and join the lights together of the billion young people in our world today, we will be enough to set our whole planet aglow”.

     ~Hafsat Abiila, Nigerian, Peace Leadership Award

About the EdExploreSRQ Interactive Career Exploration Series:

  Vision: Sarasota County Schools and Community Organizations will share a long-standing commitment to utilize the region’s cultural and business assets to create a college and career readiness culture to increase the number of motivated ready-to-work high school and post-secondary graduates and to build a “home-grown” workforce.

  Mission: To expand EdExploreSRQ by providing career exploration experiential field trips to middle school students whose career interests can be aligned with a 4+2 student education program in high school and beyond.

Current research professes that providing interactive career exploration activities in high school may be too late, and that early engagement is a key to helping students transitioning into high school to define their future (ACT, 2015). According to an article, “Career Prep Moves Into Middle Schools” (Education Week; 2015/07/15), exposing middle school students to careers help them understand the relevance of what they are learning, and increases the likelihood that they will be prepared for college. After all, as quoted by America’s Promise Alliance, how do we expect young people to dream if they don’t know what they can dream about? Those dreams can include all types of careers, but only if students are aware of their existence. Such awareness not only benefits students but also benefits communities seeking a trained “home-grown” workforce. This initiative is in direct alignment with the Sarasota’s Chamber’s “STATE of JOBS” and “TALENT4TOMORROW & WORKFORCE” pillars! The Education Foundation believes that coming together as a community will light the passion within each student touched by these career explorations, allowing each to confidently move forward to set our region aglow!

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The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is an …

Independent, philanthropic organization that exponentially enhances the educational experiences available to the children of Sarasota County. The Education Foundation works to match donor’s passions with high-impact projects and initiatives that help every child rise to his or her full potential. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County and its philanthropic investors are champions for students, teachers, and schools. For more information, visit: edfoundationsrq.org

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The EdExploreSRQ Community Partnership, comprised of…

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County,  The Patterson Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Schools, and the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida have and continue to successfully collaborate to improve connections between the classroom and community assets while echoing Kennedy’s belief:

“Our children are the most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”

THE SERIES:

Print Interactive Career Exploration Series #1: “So You Want to Explore Careers at a HOSPITAL?!”

pgt_2015_pgt_custom_4c-150pxsquare-2Interactive Career Exploration Series #2: “So You Want to Explore Careers at an International Company that Uses Innovative Technology to SAVE LIVES?!””

sunlogo-150x150-1Interactive Career Exploration Series #3: “So You Want to Explore Careers at an International Company that USES ROBOTS to Create Products?!”

ospreyInteractive Career Exploration Series #4: So You Want to Explore Careers at a Biotech Firm that Makes Exciting Discoveries in Science to Improve Life Through Sustainable Products?

FINALLOGO.jpg Interactive Career Exploration Series #5: “So You Want to Explore Careers in a WILDLIFE HOSPITAL and SANCTUARY?!”

Interactive Career Exploration Series #6: “So You Want to Explore Careers that Shape the Future…THEN CONSTRUCT IT!”

ven-theatreInteractive Career Exploration Series #7: “ALL THE WORLD’s A STAGE! So You Want to Explore Careers that Combine Artistry with Science, Math, and Technology? Then Let’s Go to the Theatre!

 Interactive Career Exploration Series 8: So You May Be Interested in Working in a Law Firm?!

 Interactive Career Exploration Series #9: “So You Want to Explore Careers at a Global Company that Manufactures Patient Simulators? Come Meet Apollo, Lucinda, Caesar, and Baby Sim!”?!”

Interactive Career Exploration Series #10: So You Want to Explore Careers at an Advertising Agency Comprised of “Smart Thinkers”?

Interactive Career Exploration Series #11: So You Want to Explore Marine Careers at a World-renowned Environmentally Sustainable Industry?

 


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Explorations Contact: Effa Beauette

Phone: 941-544-5443

Email: beauettee@gmail.com

Website: http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/educationfoundation/

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