Monroe County Superintendent: “we need to inform and educate students and parents to help them understand that significant decisions made at age 15 or 16 will affect their future”

From this morning’s Key West Citizen:

Nine of the “Top 10 College Majors That Earn the Highest Salaries” are in the field of engineering, according to US News, and more than half of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 30 fastest-growing occupations through 2024 require advanced math and science courses — trends which reinforce the need to encourage students to begin preparing for their futures.

High paying, in-demand occupations are far different than those available even in the most recent decades, and “we need to inform and educate students and parents to help them understand that significant decisions made at age 15 or 16 will affect their future,” said Monroe County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter….

…Copying the success of the county’s Take Stock program, Cottle has implemented a mentoring program for students who might benefit from one-on-one relationships with college students majoring in the sciences and engineering. Currently, eight college students from three universities are working with Monroe County students, providing them a perspective that they cannot get from someone currently in the field they are interested in pursuing.

“They’re similar ages with similar experiences,” said Cottle, which is far different than the advice they might get from a working professional.

Opening future doors by exposing students and parents to options they may not know exist plays a large role in the FPF program and is one of the reasons why Porter and the school system is so supportive.

“The world and the economy is changing, and education has to change as well,” said Porter.

 

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