Oklahoma State Senator Susan Paddack knew she had to do something to better prepare students in Pontotoc County for careers. The idea started in her office, when she asked two students shadowing her at the State Capitol what they wanted to do after graduation.
Located 100 miles north of Dallas, the small town of Ardmore, Oklahoma has reinvented itself many times over in its relatively short history.
Traditional education reform efforts have centered on individuals already engaged in the public school system—such as teachers and administrators—and have commonly overlooked the role of business leaders not previously involved in education.
Maybe you look back fondly on your Scouting days, when you sold cookies instead of stocks and trudged through the woods instead of piles of paperwork. Maybe you still have a soft spot for that little sash covered in all the badges you earned over the years.
While all social outreach programs have good intentions at the core of their mission, some fail to reach far enough into the lives of those they serve to make a truly life-changing difference.
As summer quickly approaches, thousands of eager teenagers will flood the job market in search of an internship experience to give them a taste of the working world.
What if I told you there are programs available to public high school students that would allow them to complete two years of college while working towards their high school diploma?
For thousands of high school students, a summer or afterschool job in a restaurant is their first introduction to the workforce. But while many young people transition to other career paths, some wish to continue in the industry.