Northrop Juniors, Seniors get a dose of reality - September 17, 2007

Record Number: 3402
Displayed from: Sep 17, 2007 , until: Sep 30, 2007

While freshmen and sophomores take required state standardized tests this week, juniors and seniors at Northrop High School will be learning what their futures hold. The high school will host a Seminar on Success: Getting Real After High School to encourage students think about their futures beyond graduation. Speakers from area businesses and community organizations will talk about a variety of issues students will face after they leave high school. Topics include: What employers are looking for in new employees Financial planning after graduation Health hazards for young adults Preparing for college Career and internship advice This is the first year Northrop is hosting the seminar. Wednesday, Sept. 19, the seminar will start at 8:10 a.m. with a performance by Magician Dick Stoner called "There is no 'magic' in the 'real world.'" Students will then have their choice of sessions to attend. Thursday, Sept. 20, will begin with Ron Flickinger, Area Director of Career and Technical Education for Anthis Career Center, discussing the truth revealed in fiction that reality obscures. He draws on the life lessons from Morpheus, Neo, Yoda and Albus Dumbledore. Students will then again have their choice of two sessions to attend. "We want to make the most of the time we have with juniors and seniors while the underclassmen are testing," Flickinger said. "Many students don't realize what life holds for them after graduation, and they are living on their own for the first time. These seminars are designed to get them a taste of what to expect after they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas." Media are invited to attend the seminar either day.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.