On April 22, 2013, Mrs. Karen Gorden, special education teacher at South Central Calhoun High School, took her junior and senior Career Club students on a 21st century skills field trip, thanks to the mini grant she received from our AEA Transition Department. Her goal was to show the students a variety of options that may help prepare them for success after high school. The first place on their tour was a stop at IowaWORKS Center, where the available resources could help them with future employment needs, The next stop was at Pizza Hut, where students experienced and discussed examples of necessary workplace skills, along with enjoying pizza for lunch! Then they toured Iowa Central Community College, where they got to explore different vocational programs of study. Their final stop was the POET Biorefining Plant near Gowrie, which gave the students an inside look at an ethanol plant.
Check out the PowerPoint of their adventure at: AEA Transition Grant – SCC ppt
The day provided many eye-opening experiences for the students and teacher alike, and they hope they can do another trip next year!