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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This can be a difficult question for high school students to answer. The Leadership Center (TLC) works to make this question easier for high school students with its Career Exploration initiative. Youth are exposed to various career options in a hands-on environment allowing them to make an informed decision for their future. Each session includes experiential activities, discussions, and presentations led by professionals in their respective fields. Students are encouraged to ask question about higher education, certification, and training requirements that are necessary to qualify them for different careers. Career sessions may vary each year depending on the availability of local businesses.

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2018-2019 Career Exploration Series

Criminal Justice and Law
Students will tour the courthouse and judges’ chambers and learn about career opportunities in the legal systemincluding educational requirements of each. Students will also have the opportunity to speak with a panel of both practicing and non-practicing law professionals.

Hospitality and Guest Services
Students will tour local facilities to learn about careers in guest services, public relations, and human resources. Students will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with professionals to learn about the career opportunities and educational requirements in each department.

Human Services and Education
Students will be given an overview and tour of different human service organizations and will learn about careers in forensic interviewing, counseling, and other aspects of human services. Students will also speak with juvenile justice and education professionals to learn about the career opportunities and educational requirements in those career fields.

Law Enforcement, Investigations, and Forensics
Students will learn about different career opportunities within local law enforcement agencies. They will tour facilities such as the forensic lab and sheriff’s office. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the specialized equipment used to run each department, including police polygraph, mobile units, and emergency communications center.

Information Technology and Telecommunications
Students will be given an overview and tour of a telecommunications facility. They will learn about information technology and telecommunication career opportunities including, website design & development, programming, backup disaster recovery, and computer forensics.

Business Management and Finance
Students will learn how to plan for and open a new business by touring a local small business, and receive tips and lessons from a local entrepreneur. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the financial industry including commercial/business/private banking, bank operations, and customer service.

Communications, Mass Media, and Broadcasting
Students will tour local media facilities learning about communications, mass media, and broadcasting. They will have the opportunity to speak with mass communication professionals including reporters, journalists, news anchors and, photographers.

Medical Practice
Students will tour local medical facilities to learn about career opportunities within the medical field. Students will also speak one-on-one with medical professionals to learn about the career opportunities and educational requirements in each department.

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Students will tour a local airport to discuss and learn interesting facts about airport operations and aviation. They will have the opportunity to speak with aviation professionals including pilots and engineers to learn about educational requirements of each. Students will also tour a local wholesaler and distribution company to learn about the day-to-day operations and discuss careers in each department.

Engineering and Technology
Students will tour a local petrochemical facility to learn how processing plants operate. Students will explore career opportunities in engineering, chemistry, plant operations, and program management.

*Each session will take place on days students are out of school.
Participants are responsible for transportation during sessions.

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