New staff member, class help students explore various options for their future
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Maize USD 266 has added some new offerings that will help our middle and high school students learn more about post-secondary educational and career options they may want to pursue.

Kelsey Vinopal (pictured at right), is our new College and Career Advocate who started her position in February and who has been taking our students on their days off to visit college campuses.  In September, 75 juniors and seniors from Maize High School,Maize South High School and Complete High School Maize visited Kansas State University. Later that month, 80 juniors from those schools visited Wichita State University. (Please see the photo below.) Vinopal also has coordinated visits from about 30 college, school, and military representatives .

Maize USD 266 recognizes that college is not for everyone and that there are many in-demand careers that we can start preparing our students for now. We will continue to develop our Career Pathway Programs, through which we offer classes and opportunities for college credit and licensure to students in 23 subject areas, including Business Entrepreneurship and Management and Web and Digital Communications The bond issue voters approved in June includes a  $9 million Career and Professional Center, a  place for these professional programs for high school students across the district.

Exposure to possible careers starts before high school. Take for example Maize South Middle School teacher  Amy Whitson(pictured at right), who has been hosting guest speakers, including law enforcement officials and educators, in her Careers class, new this school year. (Please see the photo below.) 
Maize USD 266 juniors paused for a photo with Wichita State University President John Bardo during a visit to the campus last month. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Vinopal.

Wichita Police Officer Tim Baird is among community members who have spoken about their careers this semester with Maize South Middle School 6th-grade students.
Photo courtesy of Amy Whitson.

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