Sierra College receives grant funding for career exploration |

Sierra College receives grant funding for career exploration

While local Truckee-Tahoe students were recharging their minds with summer fun, Sierra College Truckee campus received a grant specifically targeted to middle school activities.

Under the title “Career Exploration and Development for seventh and eighth graders,” the $150,000, two-year grant earmarks funds for an innovative, replicable program that addresses the self-knowledge, skills and information this age group needs to successfully launch into an ongoing journey of exploring post-high school options with minds full of possibility. Sierra College’s “No Limits To My Future!” program will commence on Sept. 15 and run through Sept. 15, 2008.

Bev Ducey and Emily Headley, of Olympic Valley and Tahoe City, respectively, co-wrote the grant application on behalf of Sierra College. They will administer the program as well as directly provide services in a variety of capacities.

Rick Rantz, dean of the Truckee Center, will act as a project coordinator by providing oversight and resources as needed.

All No Limits To My Future! activities, programs, projects and events will focus on two major themes: helping students realize their own power to make their lives what they want them to be and providing exposure to the vast array of available careers and professions and the educational pathways needed to get there. The first phase of student involvement is the foundation for how to access “no-limits thinking.” The students’ exhilaration from becoming aware of and skillful with their innate, unlimited ability to set personal goals and attain them enhances receptivity to learning new information and competencies.

Exposure to “what’s out there,” during the second phase, will come in many different packages, from career nights in which local professionals and business people will be invited to share stories and thoughts about their working lives, to Internet-based aptitude and interest activities. Integration of career awareness knowledge and skills into existing curriculum, as appropriate, will also provide students with an understanding of the relevance of school to their futures. By acting as direct providers and coordinators of services, Ducey and Headley will strive to minimize the burden of any additional duties/tasks, related to the grant, for Tahoe Truckee Unified School District administrators and teachers.

The recent Education Matters public forums, sponsored by Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, TTUSD and the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, identified a number of education-related priority areas that more than 700 community members felt should be addressed with current and future resources.

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