Posted on

Career Paths topic at Farm Bureau program

Officials from four local counties met Monday night in Harrison County for a panel discussion about encouraging student career paths. The event, which was open to the public, was hosted by Harrison County Farm Bureau Inc. at Central Barren United Methodist Church. Gary Geswein made opening remarks, and Theresa Gottbrath, a retired middle school teacher and current member of the East Washington Community School Corp. board of trustees, moderated the event.
The panel of four educators was represented locally by Corydon Central High School Principal Keith Marshall, who spoke about the efforts put forward by schools in the South Harrison Community School Corp. to guide students in the direction best suited to their interests.
‘The days of ‘you have to go to college’ are over,’ Marshall said, ‘but what we need to do is create more opportunities for our kids.’
His remarks highlighted the discussion of helping students achieve successful careers in areas that might not require a two- or four-year degree.
Marshall explained that both South Harrison campuses, Corydon Central and South Central near Elizabeth, work together to ensure students have all the opportunities they need to succeed. South Harrison’s structure is to create pathways and coursework so that ‘when they leave, they are truly college or career ready,’ he said.
South Harrison has created a Business Advisory Board to work with local employers to receive information about what they are looking for in a prospective employee. The feedback from these discussions helps prepare students entering the workforce right after high school. South Harrison’s internship program provides real-world experience to give students a better understanding of their chosen career path.
Marshall also touched on the ‘soft skills’ needed when entering the job market.
‘Interviewing well, being able to have a serious conversation and looking someone straight in the eyes are all necessary skills,’ he said. ‘If you’re going to become employable, you have to have the face-to-face skills.’
Marshall admitted that a student’s interests will sometimes change but ‘having the core classes will always help’ if a student decides to choose another field of work or study in the future. One chosen career path may ultimately lead to another, he said.
The event was attended by local school superintendents Dr. Lance Richards of North Harrison and Dr. Mark Eastridge of South Harrison and numerous Harrison County school principals, school board members and teachers. Also in attendance were State Rep. Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown, and former State Sen. Richard Young, D-Milltown.