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August 13, 2013

Ft. Dodge High School Mini Grant

by Elaine Cook

Ft. Dodge High School special education teachers Tamara EnTin & LuAnne Slayton took a group of students to tour Iowa Lakes Community College and the SAVE Program in Emmetsburg, Iowa.  The teachers shared it benefited them to see how the SAVE program is run, as well as, the different career paths that are offered for students.

The teachers also noted that it benefited their students on a number of levels:

  • Some of our students rarely get out of Fort Dodge;  experiencing another part of the state helped them see that there are places to live other than Fort Dodge.
  • Some of our students have no idea what they want to do beyond high school;  this trip gave them the opportunity to explore some of what is out there in the way of career pathways and the preparation necessary to pursue those careers.
  • Some of our students have a hard time imagining themselves at college;  this gave them an opportunity to see other students similar to themselves living and functioning in the college setting.

Both the teachers and the students enjoyed seeing additional programs that may be possible  postsecondary options.  The following clips are comments from two of the students who enjoyed the trip:

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